The government of Gabon is considering re-imposing the 6 p.m. to dawn curfew it imposed at the height of mounting COVID-19 infections last year which was lifted as infections dropped.
Dr Guy-Patrick Obiang Ndong, the country’s Minister of Public Health mooted the re-imposition of the curfew during a recent press briefing where he said if the current situation continues to deteriorate, there would be a return to more restrictive measures.
The minister said the third wave of the COVID-19 is very virulent and revealed that between Sept. 1 and Sept. 24, 2,838 new COVID-19 infections had been detected and 12 deaths had been recorded.
He revealed that the occupation rate of reanimation beds in hospitals stands at 90 per cent.
“This third wave touches all age groups as well as populations that have no comorbidity problems,” the minister revealed, adding that the time space of the evolution of the serious forms of the virus is more rapid now than during the first and second waves, which explains the high number of deaths.
Ndong stressed urgent need for consulting a doctor at the appearance of any symptoms of the virus such as fever, muscular pains and pains in the throat.
“All late treatment can be fatal for the person contaminated by COVID-19 … This new wave of COVID-19 is very virulent. We are recording more and more family clustres with successive deaths of members of the same family,” he insisted.
According to the minister, epidemiological investigations in clustre families indicate a feeble or absence of vaccination coverage among persons who developed serious forms of the virus or died.
“Today, when we look back six months from when vaccination against the Covid-19 started, we can confirm the efficacy of the vaccination,” the minister declared before calling on his compatriots to get themselves vaccinated.
“The principle of ‘not regrets’ must guide us towards accepting vaccination,” he stressed, and underlined the fact that the country has crossed the bar of 100,000 vaccinated persons without recording any secondary effects on those vaccinated.
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