Guinea-Bissau ends anti-virus curfew

Guinea-Bissau’s president, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, said on Thursday that the poor West African state would drop a night-time curfew imposed to curb coronavirus infections.

The government will however extend other emergency measures by 30 days, however, according to a decree also published on Thursday. 

Authorities in former Portuguese colony of some 1.8 million people have recorded 1,556 coronavirus cases to date, with 19 fatalities. 

As with other poor countries in the region, there are concerns about Guinea-Bissau’s ability to handle a large outbreak. 

Speaking to reporters in the capital Bissau, Embalo urged people to keep respecting social distancing.  

First imposed in March, the night-time curfew ran from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The government also closed borders and schools in a bid to curb infections.