E.Guinea Tightens Covid-19 Restrictions As Third Wave Hits
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Fri 17th September 2021 | 04:59 PM
Equatorial Guinea on Friday stiffened measures to tackle Covid-19, citing a third wave of the pandemic in the small central African country
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Sept 17 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2021 ) :Equatorial Guinea on Friday stiffened measures to tackle Covid-19, citing a third wave of the pandemic in the small central African country.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo reinstated a curfew, tightened travel restrictions and imposed a complete cycle of vaccination on all civil servants. Those previously affected worked only in the health, safety and education fields.
Vaccination is now also compulsory for any citizen who undertakes an approach to the administration in person, while the same obligation applies to any student aged over 18 and enrolling in a college or university.
The decree says nothing about the time remaining for officials to get vaccinations.
Obiang Nguema, who at 79 has run the former Spanish colony with an iron fist for more than 42 years, spoke of a "third wave of infections (...) observed with deep concern", in a statement repeatedly broadcast on RTVGE state radio and television.
However, these figures from the ministry of health have risen sharply in the past seven days alone, with 771 new infections and five deaths.
Only about 161,000 people have received two shots of a Covid-19 vaccine to date, and more than 214,000 just one, according to the ministry.
The decree also tightens travel regulations. In addition to the negative PCR test result already required, any passenger on an aircraft or ship must produce a vaccination certificate.
Most people live below the poverty line, so 5,000 CFA francs (7.61 Euros / $8.96) to test for a domestic trip is a great expense, while 50,000 for foreign travel is almost inconceivable.