Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus: here's how Paul Biya and his associates protect themselves from the virus

Ministers diagnosed positive in Burkina Faso, the secretary general of the Senegalese presidency who goes to Friday prayers while the mosques are closed in Senegal. These events challenge and raise the question: how do presidents protect themselves from the Covid-19?

If barrier measures seem to have been generalized in most presidential palaces, what are the specific measures put in place around African heads of state to prevent them from being contaminated? 

While four ministers were diagnosed positive for Covid-19, the Burkina Faso presidency reinforced its protection around the head of state, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. If the use of hydroalcoholic gel and the rules of distancing were already generalized, the personnel of the palace of Kosyam must now wear a mask, while the contact surfaces such as the door handles are constantly cleaned. In order to limit the risks, most of the presidency teams will start teleworking from Monday, March 23, according to an adviser to the head of state. 

Paraphor and generalized temperature measurement

At the Koulouba Palace in Bamako, the threat is also taken very seriously. The Malian president has thus considerably reduced his audiences and his outings. The entourage of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta is considering setting up a system so that the Head of State avoids touching the documents that are given to him. The idea would be to insert these documents in a signature book over which only his aide-de-camp would have control. 

The measures are also draconian in Libreville, Gabon. At the entrance to the Palace by the sea, the temperature measurement is generalized by a front infrared thermometer. A second take is made on the floor where Ali Bongo works. Soon, visitors to the Gabonese president will be subjected to a test to verify that they are not infected with the virus. 

In Kinshasa, this last measure was generalized to all members of the government, without anyone knowing the results. According to Giscard Kusema, the deputy director of the presidential press, the council of ministers and most of the hearings of President Félix Tshisekedi have, for the time being, been suspended.