Sao Tome: State of emergency extended for another 15 days

The president of Sao Tome and Principe, Evaristo Carvalho, has extended for another 15 days, at the request of the government, the state of health emergency in the country, scheduled to end next Friday, according to a decree distributed to journalists.

Evaristo Carvalho said that the pandemic of the new coronavirus is still in a propagation phase, so the risks of contagion remain and, consequently, the need to strengthen the consolidation of measures to protect and safeguard the population.

The decision is supported by a Tuesday’s request from the government and the resolution approved by the parliament on 17 March, which authorises the president to extend the state of emergency for successive periods up to 90 days.

The Evaristo Carvalho said that the state of emergency allows the adoption of measures to contain a possible entry and spread of Covid-19 in the country. 

The state of emergency in Sao Tome and Principe, a country that has not had any confirmed case of the new coronavirus, was initially decreed on 20 March and the deadline was 3 April.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 803,000 people around the world, of whom over 40,000 have died.

At least 165,000 are considered cured.

After the outbreak broke out in China in December, the outbreak spread around the world, which led the World Health Organisation to declare a pandemic situation.

In Africa, the number of deaths has risen today to at least 173, with confirmed cases exceeding 5,000 in 48 countries, according to the latest statistics on the disease on the continent.