#COVID19: Gabon Moves Towards Lifting Restrictions

President Bongo is also waiting for the Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, to share guidelines that will aid in lifting restrictions.

President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, is considering lifting some of the barrier measures against COVID-19 which have been in place since March 2020.

This follows the drops recorded in the number of positive cases and the percentage of citizens who have been vaccinated against the virus which is now above 20 per cent. 

“The President of the Republic has instructed the government to propose to him within the shortest possible delay, a strategy that would permit the considerable reduction or lifting of certain barrier measures such as the lifting of the curfew and the limitation of the number of persons who participate at ceremonies,” Guy-Bertrand Mapangou, Gabonese government spokesperson, said during a ministerial council meeting on Friday, March 4.  

Mapangou declared that President Bongo is also waiting for Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, and her team to propose to him a new strategy that would encourage the people to get themselves vaccinated to attain the 50 per cent vaccination target set by the government.

Analysts say the government is thinking of lifting the various barrier measures put in place against the Covid-19, because infection rates have been steeply dropping within the past few weeks. 

According to the last figures released by the country’s health authorities, the percentage of positive cases in Gabon has since the beginning of Feb. 2022 dropped to 0.4 per cent as against 25 per cent in January this year.

As regards vaccination, the number of Gabonese so far vaccinated stands at over 300,000 or 28 per cent of the population who have taken their first dose of the vaccines and 24 per cent for those who have taken the second dose.

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