#COVID19: Gabon Maintains Curfew Until May 24, As Cases Continue To Rise

With rising number of positive cases, Gabon will keep the COVID-19 curfew imposed in the country till May 24.

The Gabon government has decided to maintain the curfew imposed in the country to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 until May 24.

The decision to maintain the curfew was taken during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, April 7, during which the Council of Ministers adopted a bill on the prolongation of the preventive measures against the COVID-19 that were contained in Law number 003/2020 of May 11, 2020.

The bill was presented by Dr Guy Patrick Obiang Ndong, the country’s Minister of Health.

It is left for the National Assembly and Senate to adopt the new bill for it to be passed into law and become effective.

The anti-COVID measures to be maintained besides the curfew include limitation in the number of persons at meetings, the closure of leisure outfits, the lockdown of the national capital Libreville as well as all other measures intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus throughout the national territory.

More voices are being raised against the continued enforcement of the anti-COVID measures.

Ten days into April, Gabon has already registered more than 700 new contaminations most of which are in the national capital Libreville. 

The national capital has also registered the highest number of COVID fatalities with five deaths within the last five days.

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