The first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported on March 7, 2020. While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stayed relatively low in 2020, it rose markedly during a second wave in early 2021. The second wave of the pandemic is now receding, and the number of active cases is less than one fifth of the cases three months ago. The health and containment measures, which are the most stringent in the region, include the following: (i) all travelers entering Lomé airport are required to present a negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before boarding their flights and either install a contract tracing mobile application or remain in quarantine in a state-provided containment facility for at least 14 days; and (ii) gatherings of more than 15 people are banned. Furthermore, all sport or cultural events remain adjourned. The state of health emergency declared by the National Assembly in April 2020 has been extended through September 2021.
Reopening of the economy The initial curfew affecting Lomé and its surroundings was lifted in June 2020. The airport in Lomé reopened for international air traffic in August and the closure of land borders and airspace for flights from high-infection countries has been lifted. Churches and mosques in all areas except the Greater Lomé were authorized to reopen in October. The nightly curfew in the northern and central regions was lifted in February 2021.