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#COVID19: March 2021 Is The Deadliest In Gabon — Committee

A committee set up to champion the war against COVID-19 pandemic in Gabon says March 2020 remains the deadliest month since the pandemic’s outbreak.

Gabon’s Pilot Committee for the Fight Against the Coronavirus (COPIL) has revealed that March 2021 has been the deadliest month since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. 

“The curve of the COVID-19 pandemic shows an upward evolution and the number of new contaminations remains very high,” COPIL announced, adding that throughout the month of March 2021 the number of new weekly infections stood at 1,000, with more than 30 registered deaths.

COPIL called for the respect of the COVID-19 measures put in place to protect against the second wave of the virus which is deadlier than the first one.

“The vaccine against COVID-19 associated with the respect of the barrier measures today constitute the principal means of prevention against COVID-19.” 

The Committee revealed that on March 29, 363 new positive cases of the virus were registered from among the 7,091 tests carried out in eight of the nine provinces of the country making a positivity rate of 5 per cent.

It announced that there are currently 105 COVID-19 patients hospitalised throughout the country with 19 having breathing difficulties on reanimation. Two hundred and thirty-seven patients were successfully treated while three new deaths were registered in Libreville, the capital.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 628,405 tests have been carried out in the country with 19,140 positive cases registered while 16,311 were successfully treated throughout the national territory. 

Unfortunately, 114 COVID-19 patients have so far died, with 2,715 active cases currently hospitalised throughout the country.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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