Lockdowns begin across Africa as COVID-19 cases rise above 1,000

(DAILY MAIL) – Lockdowns have begun across Africa as coronavirus cases rose above 1,000.

Nigeria announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month in the continent’s most populous country.

Rwanda said all unnecessary movements outside the home are banned for two weeks as of midnight except for essential services such as healthcare and shopping.

The East African nation, which has 17 cases, has told all public and private employees to work from home. Tunisia imposed its own lockdown earlier.

Eritrea and Angola announced their first cases, meaning 41 of Africa’s 54 countries are now affected.

Congo reported its first death, while Burkina Faso reported two new ones.

Uganda is closing its borders to all but cargo.

Ethiopia said all arriving passengers will face mandatory quarantine as of Monday. Somalia said it is lifting its ban on international flights for two days so stranded citizens can come home.

Nigeria’s international flight ban came a day after Africa’s busiest airport, in Johannesburg, blocked foreigners from disembarking and two major airlines – Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways – announced sweeping cancellations of international flights.