West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
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Guinea

Guinea to reopen its air borders

  • First case: 14 April 2020

  • Total cases: 6,625 (as of 23 July 2020)

  • Total deaths: 41

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

  • Borders/flights: Guinea will gradually reopen its air borders on 17 July

  • Containment measures: President Alpha Condé announced a further one hour reduction in the night curfew in Grand Conakry, which will now be imposed between midnight and 4:00 a.m.  A state of emergency conferring special powers to the government across the country for 30 days started on 15 July. Some restrictions have already been eased by partially reopening schools and places of worship.

Situation:

Guinea will gradually reopen its air borders closed due to Covid-19 on 17 July announced President Alpha Condé in an address. He also announced a further one hour reduction in the night curfew in Grand Conakry, which will now be imposed between midnight and 4:00 a.m.  A state of emergency conferring special powers to the government across the country for 30 days started on 15 July. Some restrictions have already been eased by partially reopening schools and places of worship.

Classes resumed on 29 June in schools and universities. However, this resumption currently concerns only exam classes and students at the end of their cycle. Sanitary measures have been implemented in the establishments, such as social distancing, temperature checks, hand washing and mask wearing. But parents' associations deplore the fact that all the schools affected by the reopening did not receive hygiene kits in order receive the students in good sanitary conditions. The other pupils and students returned to class on 6 July.

Response:

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

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