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29 Apr 2020 | 01:03 PM UTC

Gabon: Authorities ease COVID-19 restrictions in Grand Libreville from April 28

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Gabonese authorities ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Grand Libreville from April 28; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Libreville). COUNTRY/REGION Libreville, Gabon


On Tuesday, April 28, the Gabonese government eased lockdown measures in the Grand Libreville area, including the communes of Libreville, Owendo, Akanda, Ntoum and the Pointe-Denis peninsula due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The new measures replace a total lockdown with a curfew between the hours of 17:00 and 07:00 (local time). Grand Libreville remains isolated from the rest of Gabon, with fines enforceable for violation of restrictions. As of April 29, there are 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide, with three associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus. Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay. To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

• Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

• When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue; throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.

• If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.


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