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Deconfinement and risks

Before confinement, most people in Africa were between fear and anger. “How are we going to do this?” Asked customers and sellers in the huge market of Lagos Island, in the heart of the economic capital of Nigeria, a few hours before a general confinement announced by the Nigerian head of state: a a question that the whole continent was asking itself.
“I have already bought rice, beans and cassava for my five children,” Mounsomola told AFP in the usually crowded streets filled with stalls of all kinds. “This will all be over in a week … and by then, I will have no more money.” People returning from their trip from this period had been quarantined to avoid community contagions Two conditions must absolutely be met, they are a matter of common sense, more than science:
Are we clearly out of the epidemiological peak?
Even if we can now observe some signals that we would like to consider as positive, such as the stabilization of the number of new hospitalized patients and those requiring resuscitation, the situation remains uncertain because the strain on health personnel and Hospital resources remain extreme, despite four weeks of confinement, while a real relaxation is felt in the adhesion of some.
Are we currently bringing together the elements to give the deconfinement strategy maximum chances of success?
And there is still a lot to do, while time is running out [8]

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