West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report

Equatorial Guinea

Relaxation of containment measures

  • First case: 14 March 2020

  • Total cases: 5,000 (as of 16 September 2020)

  • Total deaths: 83

  • Schools: Closed

  • Borders/flights: The Equatorial Guinean borders are closed to all foreign travellers (with the exception of residents, diplomats and NGO representatives).

  • Containment measures: Relaxation of containment measures


The confinement imposed in Equatorial Guinea since mid-April has been relaxed on 15 June, allowing the resumption of trade between the island and mainland part of this small country in Central Africa, the government announced, two months after the country's two main cities, Malabo and Bata, adopted strict confinements to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Domestic flights resumed on 15 June. International flights may also resume, but people arriving from abroad must have a Coronavirus negative diagnostic certificate dated less than 48 hours. In Malabo and Bata, which were subject to stricter confinement than elsewhere, shops and restaurants will be able to reopen, as well as places of worship. Discotheques and party halls will however remain closed during this first phase, specifies the government. Wearing a mask and social distancing remain compulsory in public places. Response:

A special emergency fund was created to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

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