COVID-19 cases in Guinea-Bissau reach 761, with 35 new cases

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Guinea-Bissau on Monday reported 35 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the provisional number to 761 cases in the country, according to a senior health official.

Among 94 tests carried out in the past 24 hours at the national laboratory, 35 cases came back positive, including 21 men and 14 women, Dionisio Cumba, coordinator of the Center for Emergency Health Operations (COES) and member of the Interministerial Commission for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, announced during the daily briefing in Bissau.

President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo decided on Monday to extend the state of emergency throughout the national territory until May 26.

He also strongly recommended that people “wear a mask in public spaces and in transport.”

The curfew between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. is maintained, and people are only allowed to leave their homes between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. to do their grocery shopping.

Facing the rapid spread of the virus and the daily increase in the number of patients, the minister of the interior recently announced in a press release that “the wearing of masks is mandatory in public spaces and in transport.”

The West African Portuguese-speaking country has already put in place several drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus, including the closing of borders, restaurants, bars, places of worship and schools, as well as the ban on gatherings and circulation of people.

So far, Guinea-Bissau has reported 761 cases of COVID-19, including 26 recovery cases and three deaths, since March 25. Enditem

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