The President of Togo Faure Gnassingbe has declared a three -month “ state of emergency” and curfew in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The small West African nation of eight million has so far recorded 36 confirmed cases of infections and two deaths from the coronavirus.
Gnassingbe spoke in a televised address late Wednesday that the novel move was “ proof of the gravity of the situation that we face.”
He said a curfew would be in place for an indefinite period from Thursday between 7 pm and 6 am.
The President also mentioned that, 5, 000- strong unit of security agents was being set up to tackle the pandemic and a fund worth $650 million ( 600 million euros) was aimed at cushioning the economy from the impact of the crisis.
Gnassingbe ’ s family has ruled Togo for over five decades.
The current leader took over after the death of his strongman father in 2005.
Gnassingbe , 53, claimed a fourth – term at an election in February that the opposition claimed saw widespread vote -rigging.