West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report

Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe goes from emergency to state of public calamity

  • First case: 6 April 2020

  • Total cases: 907 (as of 17 September 2020)

  • Total deaths: 15

  • Schools: Closed

  • Borders/flights: All borders closed.

  • Containment measures: State of Public Calamity


Sao Tome and Principe entered, as of 15 June, a period of public calamity, in the scope of the fight against COVID-19. The balance between sanitary measures and the gradual return of economic activity, will be one of the essential goals of the period.

The state of public calamity comprises three phases and will remain in effect until 31 July. These are general and transversal measures, which include, among others, the reopening of some school cycles, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, as well as masses and services, on alternative days. Also included in the gradual reopening are airspace, maritime borders. According to the government, the process will be subject to constant evaluation and may change. The state of emergency declared on 17 March mandated in particular the wearing of masks in public, a lockdown after 7:00 pm, closing of non-essential commercial businesses, in addition to earlier measures that introduced social distancing, prohibited all public gatherings, and suspended all international passenger flights. Response:

The World Bank has approved a $2.5 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to assist the government of Sao Tome and Principe in responding to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sao Tome and Principe COVID-19 Emergency Response project will strengthen the government’s immediate capacity to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and inititate the strengthening of its response to disease outbreaks and emergencies.