West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report


New extension of the health state emergency for one month

  • First case: 14 April 2020

  • Total cases: 10,111 (as of 16 September 2020)

  • Total deaths: 63

  • Schools: Primary and secondary exam classes, as well as universities, reopened on 29 June.

  • Borders/flights: Guinea reopened its air borders on 17 July. A negative covid-19 PCR test before departure is mandatory. It must be less than 5 days old. Quarantine (14 days) on arrival in Guinea is not mandatory but recommended. Travellers must fill out a health form on the plane before descending. Land borders are still closed.

  • Containment measures: President Alpha Condé announced an extension of the state of health emergency for a further period of one month from 16 September 2020 for the entire national territory. A curfew has been introduced from midnight to 4am for the "Grand Conakry" (Conakry, Dubréka and Coyah); Travel from Conakry to the interior of the country has been banned, except in exceptional circumstances. Wearing a mask is compulsory in public areas. From 3 September, reopening of mosques and churches throughout the country.


A state of emergency conferring special powers to the government across the country for 30 days was extended from 17 September. Some restrictions have already been eased by partially reopening schools and places of worship.


A National Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for a COVID-19 outbreak was prepared, with the support of international development partners. Key measures focus on strengthening surveillance at ports of entry; reinforcing capacity for COVID-19 detection; increasing the number of quarantine centres; expanding treatment facilities and acquiring needed medical equipment; and conducting a communication campaign. The implementation cost of the National Emergency Plan is estimated at $47 million (0.3 percent of GDP).

The World Bank has already made available $12.9 million for immediate support in strengthening the public health response through the Programme for Strengthening Regional Disease Surveillance Systems (REDISSE).

Useful links:

Agence Nationale de la Sécurité Sanitaire