#COVID19: Gabon President Tells Countrymen To Brace Up For Stricter Protocols

The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo has warned citizens to prepare for stricter protocols in the country as they face second wave of #COVID19.

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has told his compatriots that they should prepare themselves to face new anti-COVID-19 measures “susceptible to perturb the lives of Gabonese”.

In an address to the nation on Wednesday, focused solely on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gabonese leader reminded his compatriots that the pandemic situation in the country remains preoccupying adding that “the hospitals and medical personnel in the country are prepared to engage in a battle against the enemy….”

“…In the coming days, decisions susceptible to perturb the lives of Gabonese could be taken to fight against the disquieting propagation of the virus,” the  President announced.

He revealed that in 2020, Gabon faced the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with courage and efficacy and by mid-December, 2020, the number of positive cases dropped by at least 100.

“But since then, the number of new cases has strongly augmented. We could in the future pass on to over 1,000 active cases with clusters more and more important,” the Gabonese leader said.

“In effect, as other countries in the world, Gabon is confronted by a second wave. A wave higher than the previous one with the number of daily contamination higher and accompanied by the threat of a new variant of the virus.”

He further said though the quality of the health services rendered in the country’s hospitals has continued to improve, to conquer the virus, everybody has a determinant role to play.

“That is why I call on your sense of responsibility, of solidarity and your civic sense. More than ever before, it is necessary to wear a mask and to respect the physical distancing as well as all the barrier measures. … The more we are disciplined, the quicker we would win this battle,”President Bongo said.

“In the coming days, complementary decisions may be taken. These may come to perturb our daily lives. But they are made to protect you and your close ones and accelerate a return to a normal life, which is, and remains our dearest wish,” he added,

The Gabonese leader finally called on his country’s people to remain united, in solidarity and discipline because, together, they would win the new challenge.

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