The following report highlights the Government decision’s to deploy 17,000 security forces for the end of year festivities, COVID-19 update, and a planned meeting President Alassane Ouattara and a French presidential candidates. The report includes background information to add context to the news items.


Authorities Deploy 17,000 Security Agents for End of Year Festivities

Media reported that the Government deployed 17,000 security agents, including gendarmes, soldiers, and policemen, across the country to secure the end of year festivities. The operation is dubbed “Mirador 2021” and will run from 15 December to 6 January.

Background: The operation aims to contain acts of attacks and accidents, which are generally common in the countries during such celebrations. The operation aims at securing places of celebration, places of worship, large gatherings, and attraction sites.


COVID-19 Update as of 21 December

New cases: 170 positive of 2,711 samples (6.3 percent)

Total cases: 62,336

New recoveries: 17

Total recoveries: 61,149

New deaths: 0

Total deaths: 706

Active cases: 475

New vaccination doses: 126,768

Total vaccination doses: 6,449,725

Source: Ministry of Health


French Presidential Candidate To Meet With President Ouattara in Abidjan

Several netizens reported that French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour is expected in Abidjan today, 22 December, and will meet with President Alassane Ouattara. No further details on the visit were available as of 1700 GMT.

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