Guinea-Bissau: State of alert extended until 24 July

The government of Guinea-Bissau on Thursday decided to extend the state of alert in the country until 24 July due to more cases of Covid-19, which caused an increase in the positivity rate from 2% to 2.6%.

“The state of alert will last 15 days, starting at midnight on 9 July and ending at 11.59 p.m. on 24 July, with the situation to be continuously assessed and changed at any time if circumstances so determine,” the decree released to the media states.

Between Monday and Tuesday, Guinea-Bissau registered 25 more cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 3,906 and recorded one more fatality bringing the total to 70.

The Guinea-Bissau government also justified the prolongation of the state of alert with the third wave of the pandemic being recorded in West Africa and the increase in cases in Portugal and Senegal.

“The level of cases in Portugal and Senegal, key points of contact of the country with the outside, as well as the fact that West Africa is being ravaged with a third wave of the pandemic are factors that must also be taken into consideration” the decree said.

According to the most recent report by Agence France-Presse, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 4,004,99 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 185 million cases of infection by the new coronavirus.