#COVID19: Gabon Records 10 Deaths In 10 Days

Gabon’s second wave is beginning to raise concerns after a resurgence has started leading to increased fatality.

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on Gabon, as the country, between March 1 and March 10, 2021, registered 10 deaths from the disease.

The current COVID-19 death toll in the country has started raising fears about Gabon’s ability, with a population of just over two million, to contain the spread of the virus. 

“This is proof that the second wave of the virus which the country has been confronting since December 2020, is more virulent than the first one,” a medical source that opted for anonymity told HumAngle in Libreville, the country’s capital, on Thursday. 

“Hardly a week passes by without one death recorded in the country and two deaths were registered between Monday, March 8 and Thursday, March 11, 2021.” 

Most of the deaths were registered in the province of Estuaire which is the epicentre of the pandemic in Gabon, and which alone has registered 12,163 cases out of the 16,313 cases of infections in the country since March last year.

Libreville council area is the most impacted in the country, creating fears that daily casualties may continue to rise with the arrival of new strains of the virus into the country.

According to the Committee for the Fight Against the Coronavirus popularly known as COPIL, “The evolutive curve of the COVID-19 pandemic remains in a phase of a high plateau.”

The committee however noted that there has been an attenuation in the spread of the second wave, commending “the anticipation of the highest authorities of the land” adding that the virus, all the same, continues to actively circulate.

As of Thursday, March 11, Gabon has registered 16,313 COVID-19 positive cases out of 566,147 tests carried out nationally. 

There are 1,846 active cases in hospitals in the country right now while 14,374 patients were successfully treated and discharged from hospitals. Unfortunately, 93 Gabonese have so far died from the COVID-19 virus.

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