Guinea-Bissau | Confirmation of first coronavirus death and extension of the state of emergency


Guinea-Bissau reported its first coronavirus death on 26 April, a month after the global pandemic reached the West African poor country with 1.8 million inhabitants. Without giving more details about the deceased, the spokesman for the interministerial commission for the fight against COVID-19 reportedly said: “We have registered our first death.” With 53 confirmed cases, Guinea-Bissau has one of the smallest numbers of COVID-19 among OIC countries. As of 26 April, the country ranked 48 out of 54 OIC countries with coronavirus infections.

On the same day, the government extended its state of emergency, which was first imposed on 28 March, for another two weeks. On that occasion, the country’s President, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, said: “We should not delude ourselves because we are far from being able to say that we are in total control of the situation.” The government has ordered everybody to stay at home, except to go shopping in the morning, but widespread poverty makes it difficult for the population to comply. Three of COVID-19 patients recovered on 19 April leaving 49 others in treatment.