#COVID19: Gabon Records 5 Deaths, 389 New Cases In 5 Provinces

According to Gabon’s COVID19 COPIL, the capital is witnessing increased cases of the virus.

Gabon’s Pilot Committee  (COPIL) for the Fight Against COVID-19 has revealed that it has registered five deaths in Libreville, the capital and 389 new positive cases in five of the nine provinces of the country since last weekend.

According to COPIL, the country is recording one death every 48 hours especially in Libreville which has the largest number of contaminations with 21,197 confirmed infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

Twenty-six persons are currently hospitalised with reanimation problems and suffering from respiratory distress.

COPIL figures indicate that besides the five deaths reported, 389 new positive cases have been recorded after tests carried out on 8,586 persons, which is a national positivity rate of 4.5 per cent.

Of the 389 new positive cases recorded, 367 were registered in Libreville, four in Franceville, four in Moanda, one in Lambarene, one in Makokou and 12 in Port-Gentil.

Within a context where mobile treatment centres are registering more and more cases with complications, COPIL indicates that as of Sept. 27, 100 persons were hospitalised with 26 in reanimation for respiratory complications.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,188,382 tests have been carried out in the country and 29,515 positive cases were recorded.

The country has so far successfully treated 26,641 COVID-19 patients with 183 deaths reported. There are 2,691 active cases in hospitals in eight of the nine provinces of the country, COPIL said.

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