Covid-19: Number of cases in Guinea-Bissau rises to 1,114, including five Ecomib soldiers

“Five new cases were registered in Ecomib military personnel. The analyzes were made by a medical team from Senegal, but the data are added to those from Guinea-Bissau, because those military personnel are in the country, ”said the coordinator of the Center for Emergency Health Operations (COES), Dionísio Cumba.

According to the Guinean doctor, the National Public Health Laboratory did not carry out analyzes in the last 24 hours due to the lack of plaques, which must arrive on the plane that carries the body of the former Guinean President Serifo Nhamadjo, and which should arrive in Bissau today.

Guinean President Umaro Sissoco Embaló ordered in early March, after taking office, the cantonment of the interposing force of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecomib), which has been stationed in the country since 2012, following a coup of State.

The military force's mission ended at the end of March, but the closure of borders in the context of combating the covid-19 prevented it from leaving the country.

Regarding the most worrying cases, Dionísio Cumba said that there is a covid-19 contamination registered in the Bafatá region.

“This is a 40-year-old woman who went to that area. The health team in the Bafatá area has been working since yesterday (Thursday), has already collected five samples from people who were close to the woman, but there is a lot of resistance on the part of the woman's family members, who refuse to collaborate ”, he said.

In relation to Bissau, the number of people admitted to the Simão Mendes National Hospital was 18 people, 11 of whom were in need of oxygen.

At Cumura hospital, 21 people are hospitalized and there is a lack of oxygen.

Regarding people who are confined to hotels, the doctor said that an effort is being made to send people to their homes.

“There is still some difficulty in feeding, but today things are regularized,” he said.

Dionísio Cumba kept the number of recovered at 42 and fatalities at six.

As part of the fight against the pandemic, the Guinean President, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, decreed a state of emergency, until May 26, and the curfew between 20:00 and 06:00 in the country.

In addition to those measures, people can only move between 07:00 and 14:00 local time.

In Africa, there are 3,089 confirmed deaths, with more than 99,000 infected in 54 countries, according to the most recent statistics on the pandemic in that continent.

Among African countries that have Portuguese as their official language, Guinea-Bissau leads in number of infections (1,114 cases and six deaths), followed by Equatorial Guinea (719 cases and seven dead), Cape Verde (362 cases and three deaths), São Tomé and Príncipe (269 cases and 11 deaths), Mozambique (162 cases) and Angola (60 infected and three dead).

The Portuguese-speaking country most affected by the pandemic is Brazil, with more than 20,000 deaths and more than 310,500 infections.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330,000 deaths and infected more than 5.1 million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1.9 million patients were considered cured.

MSE // VM

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