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Burundian authorities are announcing new measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic. By this act, they depart from the attitude of the previous government.

In a speech to parliament after the swearing in of ministers, new President Evariste Ndayishimiye announced the following measures, including a special measure for soap.

So that a good majority of the population has access to soap, the price of this product will be reduced by 50%. The government will cover the other half to make up for the soap manufacturers’ losses.

“Anyone caught smuggling cheap soap from Burundi will be considered to be contributing to the spread of the coronavirus and will be treated accordingly,” said the president.

  • In all cities, the price of water will be drastically reduced until the coronavirus is eradicated
  • Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 is invited to go to the hospital where they will be tested and treated free of charge
  • If an epidemic is suspected in an area, all people living there will be tested

The new Burundian president was sworn in earlier than expected due to the sudden death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza.

Last May, Burundi expelled the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the country as well as three other health experts working for this office. His handling of the pandemic had been strongly criticized. The country had kept the elections and the electoral campaign in full pandemic.

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