Gabon Now 5th On COVID-19 Death Cases In Central Africa

Although Gabon has a very low mortality rate resulting from COVID-19, it still has one of the highest infection rates by population.

The Central African country of Gabon is one of the least impacted by COVID-19 deaths, according to a just published report of the World Health Organisation (WHO). As of Aug. 19, Gabon has recorded 165 deaths from COVID-19, placing it fifth among the six Central African countries.

Cameroon tops the list with 1,338 deaths, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo with 1,050 fatalities, while the Central African Republic has so far recorded the least number of deaths from COVID-19.

However, Gabon counts among the countries which have recorded very high numbers of infections as compared to their populations since the outbreak of virus in Africa in Feb. last year, according to WHO.

With 25,626 positive cases as of Aug. 19 and 66 active cases identified by the country’s health authorities, the WHO ranks Gabon third within the Central African sub-region, coming behind Cameroon which has 82,454 positive cases and the DR of Congo with 53,620 positive cases.

The country, which is currently seriously preparing against a third wave of the virus which is expected to hit its shores by the end of this month,  however seems to be winning the battle against the virus.

The WHO has recorded 210 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 as of Aug. 19, with the continent of Africa registering 186,000 deaths.

Africa has so far successfully treated 6.5 million cases of the virus.

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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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