#COVID19: Gabon Arrests 39 Persons With Fake PCR Results, Vaccination Cards

Gabon’s recently published COVID-19 update shows the number of persons caught using fake COVID-19 results and have been arrested. The arrests were carried out between Nov. 23 and 29, 2021.

Authorities in Gabon said 39 persons were arrested in the country by agents of the mixed brigade for the fight against COVID-19 for being in possession of fake vaccination cards and PCR test results, all of which authorise individuals to travel within and out of the country.

The arrests were carried out between Nov. 23 and 29, 2021.

They were apprehended at the Leon Mba international airport in Libreville, Mole seaport, and the Owendo train station.

According to the just-published 33rd situation report of the Committee for the Fight Against COVID-19 (COPIL), out of the 39 arrested individuals, nine were stopped from travelling out of the country through the Leon Mba airport. 

Fourteen and 16 persons were stopped from travelling out of Mole and the Owendo train station for presenting fake documents in the form of PCR tests and COVID-19 vaccination cards.

“Two fake vaccination card booklets were seized. Their holders were put at the disposal of the relevant authorities for further investigations,” the COPIL report revealed, adding that during the last week of Nov. 2021, 9,121 travellers were recorded with 6,943 of them passing through the airport of Libreville alone.

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