West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
Trends

Gabon

Greater Libreville is still confined

  • First case: 13 March 2020

  • Total cases: 8,654 (as of 16 September 2020)

  • Total deaths: 53

  • Schools: Closed

  • Borders/flights: closure of all land and sea borders; limitation of international and domestic air links to two flights per week per airline; Gabon's borders are closed to all non-Gabonese travellers (with the exception of residents, diplomats and NGO representatives).

  • Containment measures: Greater Libreville is confined and a curfew is in effect throughout the country: the limitation of international and domestic air links to two flights per week per airline; the obligation to wear a mask in public; a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, the closure of schools ; the closure of pubs, restaurants and small hotels ("motels"); limiting the number of passengers on public transport and in private vehicles (maximum 3 people in taxis and private vehicles at a time) A night curfew throughout the country between 8pm and 5am

Situation:

As of 16 September, the country has recorded 8,654 confirmed cases and 53 deaths.  Faced with this worrying progression of the pandemic, President Ali Bongo Ondimba, addressed the nation on 21 May saying that he favored mass screening of the population to allow rapid treatment of the sick. The country acquired a large COVID-19 screening laboratory capable of carrying out 10,000 tests per day. Ultimately, this structure, unique in Central Africa, would also support other countries on the continent. The president also announced the establishment of a "COVID-19 allowance." 

Useful links:

La réponse du Système des Nations unies au Gabon face à la pandémie du COVID-19

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