New Burundi President deviates from predecessor stance on COVID-19, instructs new mandates

Deviating its stance on the novel coronavirus from his late predecessor, Burundi’s new President, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has promised to take stern steps to combat the spread of COVID-19.

President Ndayishimiye predecessor, Pierre Nkurunziza, who died last month before the end of his term, dismissed the danger posed by the coronavirus.

Ndayishimiye, 52, a retired army general, won the Presidential election in May as the ruling party’s candidate.

President Ndayishimiye said that the government will soon post new guidelines, which the population will be required to comply with strictly, to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

He said, “Everyone has to take measures to stop being infected or infecting others.”

Highlighting the plan of the government to carryout mass testing, President Ndayishimiye added, “We urge everyone who sees symptoms of the disease to rush for a test so he can get treatments.”

He further stated that the government will cut the price of soap by half and also reduce the cost of water, to help citizens wash their hands and curb the spread of the virus as instructed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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