#COVID19: Gabon Records 640 New Cases, 3 Deaths In 48 Hours

The 640 new cases diagnosed were detected after tests were carried out on 13,681 people

A total of 640 new COVID-19 infections and three deaths were recorded in Gabon in about 48 hours, officials said. 

According to the Pilot Committee for the Fight (COPIL) against COVID-19, Ngouine province, which had never registered any positive case, had two contaminations. The cases and new deaths were recorded Sept. 27 and 29.

COPIL revealed that since the beginning of September, the country has been recording at least 250 infections and one death every 24 hours.

The 640 new cases diagnosed were detected after tests were carried out on 13,681 people in eight of the nine provinces that make up the country.

Of the 640 new cases recorded, 498 were detected in Estuaire province, while five cases were recorded in Haut-Ogooue province with two in Franceville and three in Moanda. Eight cases were recorded in Moyen-Ogooue province in Lambarene, Ogooue-Ivindo province has recorded two new positive cases in Makokou while Ogooue-Lolo province has registered two new positive cases in Lastourville.

After Estuaire province with 498 cases, Ogooue-Maritime province comes next with 114 new cases in Port Gentil, followed by Woleu-Ntem province with nine new cases, three of which were in Bitam and six in Oyem.

There are currently 102 Covid-19 hospitalised patients with 26 in reanimation for respiratory distress, while 194 new patients have been successfully treated and discharged from health facilities.

As of Sept. 28, a total 109,552 persons obliged or voluntarily presented themselves for vaccination at different sites and 105,903 representing 97 per cent eligible persons received the jab. Among these, 80,462 persons received the second dose which now represents a total complete vaccination coverage of 7.92 per cent throughout the country.

COPIL finally announced that 10.43 per cent of the national population have so far received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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