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Chad Lifts Lockdown On Capital City, Maintains Curfew Till Jan. 27

Chadian President Idris Deby Itno Thursday signed a decree lifting the total lockdown of the country’s capital N’Djamena.

The Government had imposed a total lockdown on N’Djamena on Jan. 1 as part of measures to flatten the COVID-19 curve in the country.

Health sources in the Chadian capital informed HumAngle that the decision to lift the total lockdown followed a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases in the capital during the period of the lockdown. 

According to official sources in the capital city, the resumption of activities which were hitherto restricted as well as other daily chores would be carried out in strict respect of the protocols elaborated by the National Coordination for the Health Respond Against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the dusk to dawn curfew which starts from 20 hours to five hours in the morning would remain in force until Jan. 27, 2021.

The Chadian Health Crisis Management Committee Thursday revealed that 309 new cases of COVID-19 were registered this week, which is a drop as compared to last week when 360 cases of infections were reported.

“The lifting of the lockdown on the national capital is good news because it frees the population and enables those who have to hustle around the capital in order to earn a living to resume their activities,” Abdul Hussein, a resident of the capital told HumAngle Thursday evening.

“However, should the indifference to the other palliative measures against the virus such as the wearing of face masks, washing of hands and distancing continue then there would surely be a spiral in the contamination that led to the lockdown of the capital in the first place.”

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