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#COVID19: Gabon Records Rise In Positive Cases

Gabon’s Ogooue-Lolo province which had hitherto not registered any COVID-19 infections, recorded four cases.

Gabon is recording a new rise in COVID-19 cases after a period of relative calm and a drop in infections.

According to the Pilot Committee of the Plan for the Fight Against the Coronavirus Epidemic in Gabon, COPIL-CORONAVIRUS, the number of active COVID-19 cases jumped from 97 as of Aug. 30 to 150 cases within the last five days.

The Ogooue-Lolo province which had hitherto not registered any COVID-19 infections, recorded four cases.

The country has since Sept. 1 recorded 100 new positive cases out of 10,114 tests carried out in the nine provinces of the country as against 69 new positive cases out of 6,277 tests carried out in the nine provinces two days earlier.

Data from COPIL-CORONAVIRUS indicates that the Estuaire province recorded 74 new positive cases out of 7,963 tests carried out in Libreville. Haut-Ogooue province identified one new positive case out of 14 tests made in Franceville. Moyen-Ogooue province also recorded one positive case out of 86 tests carried out in Lambarene.

The provinces of Ngounie, Nyanga, and Ogooue-Ivindo have recorded no positive cases from a total of 74 tests carried out whereas Ogooue-Lolo province identified four new cases from a total of nine tests carried out in Lastourville.

Ogooue-Maritime province has registered 17 new positive cases out of 1,943 tests carried out in Port-Gentil. Three new positive cases were identified in Woleu-Ntem province out of 35 tests with one positive case in Bitam and two in Mitzic.

As of Aug. 30, Gabon was counting a total of 28 active and hospitalised COVID-19 cases but two days later on Sept. 1,  the number had risen to 35 with 12 on reanimation due to respiratory distress.

The province of Ogooue-Lolo which did not have any positive cases by Aug. 30, recorded four cases by Sept. 1,  thus bringing the number of provinces in Gabon having COVID-19 cases to six from the previous five.

Forty-seven new patients have been completely treated, according to COPIL-CORONAVIRUS.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,095,284 tests have been carried out throughout the national territory of Gabon, among which 25,988 positive cases were detected with 25,672 patients already successfully treated and 166 deaths recorded.

“Let us respect the barrier gestures in order to protect us against the COVID-19”, COPIL-CORONAVIRUS advised Gabonese.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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