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Guinea takes twelve measures to contain 3rd wave of COVID-19

After considering the circulation of coronavirus variants in the West African sub-region, President Alpha Conde readapted on Tuesday the health measures in his country.In Guinea, the indicators showed a resurgence of COVID-19. Firstly, the rate of positive tests has risen from less than 2 to 11 percent in recent days. Secondly, 1035 patients have been isolated in the last three weeks compared to 100 previously. Finally, if 20 patients were admitted to intensive care units in June, there were 146 in July. Over the same period, the number of deaths has increased by six.


These figures have led president Condé to amend his health control protocol.


In places of worship, worshippers must strictly adhere to barrier measures. Currently, 4 percent of the target population has taken at least one dose of a vaccine. The state is therefore urging citizens “to get vaccinated en masse” to achieve herd immunity.


In addition, the curfew is reduced from 10 pm to 4 am. When entering and leaving the different prefectures, long-distance travelers are required to present a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination. Similarly, health checks will be reinforced at the entry points of the mining prefectures.


To curb the spread of the virus, ceremonies (weddings, baptisms, funerals, etc.) involving more than 50 people are prohibited. The same applies to the transfer of bodies that have tested positive for COVID-19.


According to the government, private structures offering diagnostic tests can only perform them with the collaboration of the National Health Security Agency (ANSS).


The sanitary provisions that previously applied to places of entertainment (hotels, restaurants, bars…) are maintained. According to Condé, “failure to comply with these measures exposes the offender to sanctions provided for this purpose.”


Published on 10.02.2021

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