West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report


More recoveries than new infections

  • First case: 13 March 2020

  • Total cases: 6,433 (as of 23 July 2020)

  • Total deaths: 46

  • Schools: Closed

  • Borders/flights: All borders closed.

  • Containment measures: The state of health emergency in the country has been lifted on 11 May, as well as some containment measures.


On 13 July, the pandemic steering committee announced that the country had peaked in May. Out of 50,000 screening tests carried out, 5,942 were positive. Some 55% of cases are cured. The number of positive cases does not increase anymore and tends to decrease rather. In May, there was an average of 183 hospitalizations per month, in June, the average was 82. Currently, there are more people cured than new infections. Libreville plans to end the requisition of certain hotels where the suspicious cases are housed and the hospitals will gradually resume normal activity. Bars, motels and places of worship remain closed. As of 13 July, the country has recorded 6,315 confirmed cases, 3,664 recoveries and 46 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