West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report

Cabo Verde

External air borders remain closed

  • First case: 25 March 2020

  • Total cases: 4,904 (as of 16 September 2020)

  • Total deaths: 46

  • Schools: Closed

  • Borders/flights: The external air borders remain closed until further notice, and commercial air traffic is still suspended. Exceptions are made for cargo aircraft and flights with special permits (e.g. TAP and TUI). Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test that is less than 72 hours old.

    Domestic air links and inter-island sea links have all resumed, subject to compliance with the health control standards set by the local authorities.

    Whether they travel by air or sea, passengers departing from Praia and Sal must take a test 72 hours before the journey and present a negative result certificate at check-in. These tests can be carried out in the "Health Delegations" or in private laboratories.

  • Containment measures: The Cape Verdean government has lifted the state of emergency for all the islands; shops, hotels, restaurants and bars have reopened, albeit to a more limited extent than before the pandemic.

    The islands of Santiago, Sal and Fogo have been placed in a "state of health calamity" until 31 October 2020 (a measure that may be renewed). Under this regime, compliance with the rules of social distancing, including the wearing of masks in closed public places, is compulsory.


Cabo Verde has reported 4,904 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths as of 16 September.


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: