#COVID19: Gabon Records 388 New Cases And 1 Death

Officials of the national COVID-19 vaccination program continue to call on the population to come out for vaccination.

Since Wednesday,  Sept. 1,  the number of COVID-19 cases in Gabon has been mounting by the hundreds with at least one fatality weekly.

Gabon’s national commission for the fight against the COVID-19, COPIL, says the third wave of the virus in the country is very worrisome since the outbreak of the Delta variant in the country.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 388 positive cases of the virus and one death were declared, raising the rate of positive cases in the country to 3.8 per cent which is the highest increase recorded for several months now.

“It is almost certain the rate of positivity is bound to increase,” a senior COPIL official revealed.

The percentage of COVID-19 positivity in Gabon stood at 1 per cent on Sept. 1,  and by Sept. 13, it had climbed up to 3.7 per cent. It went up to 3.8 per cent by Sept. 15,  indicating a ferocious and very disquieting spike.

Of 10,115 tests conducted in the nine provinces of the country, 388 positive cases were declared, 99 new complete cures were recorded, while one fatality was reported in Bitam.

Among the new contaminations, 362 were recorded in the province of Estuaire, 13 in Haut-Ogooue, three in Moyen-Ogooue, one in Nyanga, two in Ogooue-Lolo, two in Ogooue-Maritime and five in Woleu-Ntem. The provinces of Ngounie and Ogooue-Ivindo registered no new positive cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Gabon, 1,143,075 tests have been carried out among which 27,291 positive cases were detected. 26,072 positive patients have so far been successfully treated but unfortunately 174 other patients died.

As of today, Friday, Sept. 17, 84 persons are hospitalised with 25 in reanimation for respiratory distress.

Officials of the national COVID-19 vaccination program continue to call on the population to come out massively and get themselves vaccinated.

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