Batonga is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic in Benin. We are updating this post daily with updates on the COVID-19 crisis as it unfolds in Benin and working diligently to ensure the health and safety of the communities in which we work. You can view the most current updates below.
Learn more about Batonga’s COVID-19 response strategy here: Batonga’s COVID- 19 Strategy
Latest COVID-19 Updates in Benin:
Thursday May 14, 2020
With 25,799 tests carried out since May 3, 2020, Benin has registered a total of 339 confirmed cases with 254 people on treatment, 83 people cured and 2 deaths.
Monday May 11, 2020
Students are beginning to return back to schools. A new initative to test all teachers for COVID-19 has begun. So far, 27 teachers 27 teachers in the Zou department (where Batonga operates) have tested positive. The government is also launching large-scale screening, up to 16,000 people screened per day. To date, 319 positive cases have been confirmed.
Tuesday May 5, 2020
A new school calendar has been announced. Students will be expected to return back to school on Monday, May 11 and will end their school year in 3 weeks. They will then return back to school for the 2020-2021 school year on September 28, 2020. All students and teachers will be required to wear face masks while attending school (they are being distributed to all schools for free). Teachers, administrative, and service staff will all be tested for COVID-19.
Total confirmed cases in Benin: 96 confirmed cases, 44 of which are under treatment and 50 cured, 2 deaths
Tuesday April 28, 2020
The wearing of face masks in public spaces has been made mandatory throughout the national territory.
Monday April 20, 2020
Benin has a total of 54 confirmed cases distributed as follows: 40 confirmed cases, 1 death, and 27 people have recovered.
Tuesday April 14, 2020
There have been a total 35 cases in Benin, 18 cured, 1 death. All in person meetings and rallies in relation to the local elections scheduled to be held on May 17th have been cancelled. Those running for office will instead campaign via radio.
Sunday April 5, 2020
Benin recorded its first case of death due to COVID-19. View the Minister of Health’s statement here: https://www.banouto.info/article/bien-etre/20200406-coronavirus-au-bnin-un-premier-cas-de-dcs-officiel/
Thursday April 2, 2020
The first case of COVID-19 was identified in Savalou, Benin, where Batonga currently runs its SONAFA Clubs. This marks the 17th case of COVID-19 reported in Benin.
All operations of the SONAFA Clubs have been temporarily suspended. However, Batonga’s work to ensure the health and safety of the girls and communities it works with in Benin will not end and our team has worked quickly to produce a response strategy. Read our statement by viewing the image below or by clicking the download link:
Tuesday March 31, 2020
Benin has registered three new cases of COVID-19. This marks a total of 9 confirmed cases for the country. As such, new and stronger measures have been taken to further protect the health of populations. This involves the establishment of a health cordon around the municipalities most exposed to the pandemic that are around Cotonou in sight to isolate them from the rest of the country.
Monday March 23, 2020
As part of its Prevention & Mitigation plan for COVID-19, Batonga has developed a few resources for its communities in Benin that will begin to be delivered to Batonga Mentors throughout Benin today. All of the available resources, including a COVID-19 handbook to prepare mentors as well as community posters on best prevention mechanisms, are available for download by clicking the links below:
In addition, today, 3 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cotonou. All schools beginning today have been closed for holiday until March 30th. As the pandemic evolves, the government will be reassessing school closures and will make a decision on their continuation of school closures prior to March 30th.
Friday March 17, 2020
A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Cotonou. Given this second confirmed case the Benin government has put into place the following new measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in Benin:
- Limitation to the extreme necessity of entering and leaving the land borders of our country. Only essential crossings will be authorized in conjunction with the authorities of neighboring countries. Reinforcement of control measures will be applied for the systematic quarantine of any suspect or who would try to circumvent the device;
- Restriction on the issuance of entry visas to Benin;
- Systematic and compulsory quarantine of any person coming to Benin by air. As a result, the Government has decided to requisition 1,000 hotel rooms for this purpose. The quarantine costs of nationals will be provided by the State while non-nationals will bear these costs themselves;
- Suspension of all missions outside the country for members of the Government and for executives of public administration, except in case of absolute emergency. The structures and the people of the private sector are invited to observe the same caution;
- Suspension of all demonstrations and all other non-essential sports, cultural, religious, political and festive events;
- Obligation for public transporters to equip their employees as well as passengers in appropriate masks or bibs, and to respect the sanitary safety distances between occupants;
- Recommendation to grieving people to limit the funerals of their deceased to a strict minimum and to postpone the demonstrations subsequent;
- Recommendation to religious leaders to enforce, during worship, the health security distance of at least one meter between the faithful, to avoid handshakes, braces and all other contaminating gestures;
- Obligation for banks, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, businesses and other establishments open to the public, to provide protection and hygiene measures, and to observe by customers and users, the distance of health security between them
Thursday March 16, 2020
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported in Benin.