Guinea-Bissau: Covid-19 status downgraded to state of alert

The Guinea-Bissau authorities have declared a state of public health alert because of Covid-19, having noted a favourable development with fewer contagions.

According to the government decree, countersigned by the president on Wednesday, the state of alert will be in force for 90 days until 10 March 2021.

The country was in a state of emergency between March and September, and then the authorities declared the situation of calamity and health emergency until December 8.

“The situation will be continuously assessed and the decree may be amended if circumstances so determine,” the decree said.

Although the epidemiological situation in the country is developing favourably, the authorities recognise the “high risk of the situation changing”.

The decree highlights that the pandemic is still active worldwide and that there is a second wave in Europe, including Portugal, a country Guinea-Bissau has a “permanent flow” of people with.

“There are also signs of an emergence of a possible second wave for the African continent”, it said.

The government decree said masks must be worn on the streets and in enclosed spaces, physical distancing is mandatory and the obligation to present a negative Covid-19 test for people travelling to Guinea-Bissau.

Social and cultural events involving the agglomeration of people remains prohibited.

According to the High Commission for Covid-19, the country has recorded 2,444 positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the week between 30 November and 06 December, three new cases were registered.

The number of fatalities caused by Covid-19 is 44, while the number recovered stands at 2,337.