West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report

Cabo Verde

Gradual return to normalcy for the country

  • First case: 25 March 2020

  • Total cases: 2,107 (as of 23 July 2020)

  • Total deaths: 21

  • Schools: Closed

  • Borders/flights: All borders closed.

  • Containment measures: The archipelago began on 30 May a gradual return to activities with the lifting of the state of emergency on the island of Santiago on 29 May, after Sao Vicente and Boa Vista. Although beaches remain closed in Santiago and Boa Vista, economic activities in markets and supermarkets gradually resumed from 30 May, while respecting the wearing of masks, which has been compulsory in public since 25 May, and physical distancing. Flights to and from abroad will resume in July.


Cabo Verde has reported 1,939 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths as of 17 July. With 76% of the total cases, Santiago, where the capital Praia is located,is the most affected island of the archipelago.


The authorities prepared a contingency plan and put in place a rapid response team.

With the World Bank's support, COVID-19 Emergency Response Project is to prepare and respond to the pandemic in the country. This project has two components. 1) The Emergency COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response component, aims to provide immediate support to Cabo Verde to prevent COVID-19 from arriving into the country or limiting local transmission through prevention of person to person transmission with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and laboratory personnel. It has the following sub-components: (i) Prevention of new COVID-19 cases and propagation; (ii) Strengthen national and sub-national COVID-19 case detection; and (iii) Strengthen national system for public health preparedness and response. 2) The second component, Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation aims to support the coordination and management of project activities, including procurement of goods and their distribution across health facilities within the country. Official links: