Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday reported a record number of 131 new COVID-19 cases in the past 48 hours, bringing the total number to 205 in the West African country.

Tumane Balde, spokesman for the Interministerial Commission of COVID-19 prevention and control, announced the new figure on Wednesday evening in Bissau.

The curve of new cases has risen very rapidly over the past 48 hours,” he said, adding that “all of these positive cases are cases of community transmission.”

He also revealed that several government ministers tested positive, without giving further details.

The health authorities of Guinea-Bissau also reiterated the appeal to the population “to remain calm and respect the instructions in order to limit the spread of the pandemic.”

Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Na Biam tested positive for COVID-19, Public Health Minister Antonio Deuna announced on Tuesday night via national television.

In order to fight against the spread of the pandemic, the government of Guinea-Bissau has decided it is necessary to maintain the restrictive measures that have already been in place, including the closing of borders, restaurants, bars, places of worships and schools, and banning gathering of people.

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

So far, Guinea-Bissau has reported 205 confirmed cases, including 19 cured cases and 1 death. Enditem

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