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COVID-19: Govt issues warning as churches reopen, curfew lifted



Niger Republic has announced the end of a night-time curfew on the capital Niamey and reopening of places of worship.

The churches and religious gatherings were closed since late March as part of measures to contain the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The government, however, decided to reopen churches after consultation with the COVID-19 expert committee.

The statement read in part: “The government, after receiving proposals from religious leaders and after consultation with the Covid-19 experts’ committee, and in the light of the favourable trend of Covid-19 disease development, has decided to reopen places of worship as of Wednesday.”

The religious leaders have been required to disinfect places of worship before prayers, observe strict wearing of mask and maintaining physical distancing of at least a metre.
The government added that the curfew from 9pm to 5am imposed in Niamey has been lifted.

However, they warned citizens that the curfew could be imposed again if the situation becomes worse.

“In the event of any deterioration of the COVID-19 pandemic in connection with the reopening of places of worship, the government reserves the right to reconsider this decision,” the statement added.

Niger since the outbreak of coronavirus has recorded 854 cases with 47 deaths.