Guinea-Bissau extends state of emergency for another 15 days


President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo on Sunday announced to extend the state of emergency again across the country till May 11.

The president said in a speech to the nation that it is necessary to “prolongate the state emergency for 15 days” after consulting the national interministerial commission for prevention and fight against COVID-19 on the evolution of the sanitary situation in the country.

The presidential decree on the extension of state of emergency will come into effect at midnight on April 27.

“The state of emergency allows the various teams to carry out their mission on the ground, taking into account the measures which have been put in place by the authorities, in particular the closing of borders, markets, bars and restaurants, schools and universities, places of worship, and banning gatherings, movement of people and public transport,” said the president.

In his speech, the president also praised the medical service and the police for their courage, bravery and patriotism which they show every day in their various interventions, while calling on the people to remain united and solidary in order to fight “this common enemy.”

“The fight continues and we must continue to respect the instructions,” he added.

Guinea-Bissau currently has 52 COVID-19 cases. Of them, three have recovered, one has died, and 48 are still under treatment. Enditem

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