Gabon Registers First Drop In COVID-19 Infections

Gabon’s Comité de pilotage de la lutte contre le Coronavirus – Pilot Committee for the Fight Against the Coronavirus – (COPIL), has announced that latest trends in the country show a slight drop in infection rates for the COVID-19.

According to the Committee, of the 1,957 tests carried out on August 24, only 21 new coronavirus infections were detected indicating an infection rate of 1.1 per cent.

The Estuaire Province registered 15 new positive cases out of 1,907 tests carried out in Libreville while the Upper Ogooue Province registered four new positive cases out of 39 tests carried out with two in Moanda, one in Okondja and one in Akieni.

COPIL revealed that two new COVID-19 cases were detected in the Ngounie Province out of 11 tests carried out in Mouila.

As concerns the number of infected persons being taken care of, the pilot committee for the fight against the coronavirus reports that 30 patients are currently hospitalized while two are on reanimation.

225 infected persons have so far been successfully treated and discharged from hospital with no deaths registered during the period under review.

On the whole, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Gabon has effected 109,360 tests with 8,409 positive cases registered. This is an infection percentage of 7.7 per cent as at August 24.

The COPIL reveals that of the total number of COVID-19 positive cases registered so far, 6,959 patients have been successfully treated and discharged from health facilities, making a success rate of 82.8 per cent, with 53 deaths so far.

The final indication throughout the national territory is that despite deconfinement measures within the communities and in public transport which are gradually being carried out. 

Presently, coronavirus infections are slowly dropping, kindling hopes that the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may be in its last days.

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