Guinea-Bissau extends state of emergency until June 25


President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo announced on Wednesday to extend the state of emergency again for 15 days throughout the national territory, until June 25.

In his message to the country, President Embalo said that “in the past 15 days, the country has experienced the first phase of … the gradual opening of some economic activities,” adding that there were “progress and improvement in general in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our invisible enemy.”

“However, it must be recognized that the situation is still worrying, which is why, in consultation with members of the government and the High Commission, after an in-depth analysis of the situation of COVID-19 in the country, we have decided to extend the state of emergency for 15 days,” President Embalo said.

The president said that he was “convinced that together and united, we will be stronger and more capable of winning this battle against COVID-19.”

He urged the population “to respect the measures of physical distancing, washing their hands regularly with soap and wearing protective masks in all public spaces.”

Since March 25, Guinea-Bissau has reported 1,389 confirmed cases, including 153 recoveries and 12 deaths.

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