ECOWAS leaders hold virtual extraordinary summit to combat COVID-19 in the region today


The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government will be holding an extraordinary session through videoconference scheduled for this morning at 10am Universal Time.

The Heads of State will be discussing the ‘Situation and Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic in the ECOWAS Region’.

The Ministers in Charge of Finance and the Governors of central banks from the region held a virtual extraordinary session yesterday on the COVID-19 situation.

To address the COVID-19 situation in the region, ECOWAS has immediately made available financial support, in addition to assistance from international partners, for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment essential for fighting against the pandemic.

As of April 20, 2020, according to the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) data, the 15 member states have recorded 5,474 confirmed cases, 1,567 recovered, 140 deaths, and 3,767 active cases. ECOWAS reaffirms its solidarity with member states and welcomes all the measures already taken to contain spread of the pandemic and care for the sick.

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