#COVID19: Gabon Records Significant Drop In Positive Cases

COPIL reports that of 1,990 tests carried out between Feb.11 and 13, in seven of the nine provinces of the country, 20 cases were declared positive in three provinces.

Authorities in Gabon say the country is recording a drop in positive cases of COVID-19. 

According to the Pilot Committee of the Plan for the Fight Against COVID-19 in Gabon (COPIL), from Feb. 11 to 13, the country recorded only 20 positive COVID-19 cases in three of its nine provinces. This is compared to the previous three days when 27 new cases were recorded.

Since Feb.7, less than 50 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded throughout the country and COVID-19 wards in various hospitals are systematically getting empty as patients were being discharged while few replaced them in the wards.

During the period under review, fewer serious cases of the virus have been reported and there is no patient under reanimation right now.

This new positive development has given rise to several voices questioning the continued maintenance of the strict barrier measures in place in the country.

COPIL reports that of 1,990 tests carried out between Feb.11 and 13, in seven of the nine provinces of the country, 20 cases were declared positive in three provinces.

Five positive cases were recorded in Estuare province out of 1,545 tests carried out in Libreville, 10 positive cases in Ngounie province out of 43 tests carried out in Lebamba and five cases in Ogooue-Maritime province out of 355 tests carried out in Port-Gentil, all these indicating a 1 per cent national positivity rate.

No death was recorded during this period, only five persons were hospitalised, with no patient under reanimation, while 335 persons were successfully treated and discharged from various health facilities.

As regards vaccination, the national coverage now stands at 23.86  per cent and 28.62 per cent for those who have taken their first dose of vaccines. This is still a far cry from the envisaged 50 per cent mark by the government.

During his recent address to the nation, President Ali Bongo Ondimba conditioned the lifting of some of the anti-COVID-19 barrier measures on the progress made in the national vaccination campaign.

The COVID-19 situation in Gabon stands at 47,446 positive cases and 302 deaths.

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