Riot police in Kenya fired tear gas into a crowded market, Wednesday, March 25, to enforce government restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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Founder of Big Samps Market in Ghana, Elselund Ewudzie-Sampson has seen a drastic increase in demand since the pandemic. Her business does market shopping and delivery. However, she says she might soon have to stop her services.
“I think with the virus or the pandemic, people are getting scared to go to the market, so they are actually running to us, they are trusting us to provide the service to them. However, we are also thinking of going on a break because of that,” she said.
Stopping services would be bad for business, but she says she also needs to consider the health of her staff.