This 12 months, the authors of that research launched a letter warning older folks and people with continual medical situations to avoid the Magal, and urged those that attended to put on masks and wash fingers.
“Through the occasion, streets across the Grand Mosque and the final market current a particularly excessive density of inhabitants,” the letter stated. “All these situations are very prone to favor the transmission of respiratory pathogens amongst pilgrims.”
Washing fingers could also be troublesome. The variety of folks utilizing Touba’s water multiplies in the course of the Magal, and most years, there are water shortages. This 12 months too, taps are working dry, the native press has reported, aside from a dribble late at night time.
Many African international locations have reported caseloads and deaths linked to Covid-19 which can be a lot decrease than in different continents, significantly in Europe and North America. Though many instances could have been missed due to low testing ranges, epidemiologists say that the younger median age of the continent is probably going a major issue, and that some international locations’ sizzling climate and tendency to dwell a lot of life open air could play a job. Research are underway to check the speculation that earlier publicity to different coronaviruses could have strengthened some folks’s immune programs.
Like many West African international locations, Senegal had good protocols in place for contact tracing, partly because of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and might flip assessments for the coronavirus round quick. It by no means reported many greater than 100 new coronavirus instances a day, and over the previous two months, its caseload has fallen. On Tuesday, that was solely 19 of 777 assessments completed, the well being ministry stated.
However not everybody with Covid-like signs receives a take a look at in Senegal, and with over 80 % of Covid-19 instances in Africa being asymptomatic, based on the World Well being Group, many instances could go underneath the radar.
On a visit to Touba final Thursday, Senegal’s well being minister advised native journalists that he could be deploying 5,000 well being ministry officers to Touba to observe it and reply if obligatory. He didn’t reply to calls or textual content messages requesting an interview, or reply questions on why the Magal had not been canceled and why many ministers had been attending.