2 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Gabon

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-18 09:11:22|Editor: zh
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LIBREVILLE, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Two more Gaboneses have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the west African country to three, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health Guy Patrick Obiang said on Tuesday.

The two new cases are both female. One of them, 49, works at the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has been to Marseille and then Paris before returning to Gabon on March 10. She was asymptomatic when landing in Libreville but felt unwell a few days later. She then went to a doctor and tested positive for COVID-19.

Another patient is a 29-year-old border police officer working at the Leon Mba Libreville International Airport. She checked the passport of the first confirmed case in Gabon, who arrived from France on March 8.

Gabon decided Monday to reduce the number of flights by international airlines serving its territory to one per week. Schools are closed until March 30, bars and nightclubs closed until further notice, while gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited.