Guinea-Bissau reports 20 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 1,109

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-22 00:47:50|Editor: huaxia

BISSAU, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Guinea-Bissau reported 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,109.

The health authorties of Guinea-Bissau carried out a total of 92 tests in the past 24 hours, Dionisio Cumba, coordinator of the Center for Emergency Health Operations (COES) said during the daily briefing, adding that 20 positive cases were detected.

He also announced that more patients would be declared cured of COVID-19 if their second tests results would still be negative as their first ones.

On Wednesday, the government of Guinea-Bissau decided to appoint a high commissioner for the COES who would work under the supervision of the president to coordinate the country's fight against COVID-19.

The government of Guinea-Bissau has shortened the curfew hours to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m, but people are still only allowed to leave their homes between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. to do their grocery shopping. The President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has also decided to extend the state of emergency throughout the national territory until May 26.

The tiny West African Portuguese-speaking country has been isolating itself since March 17 when the government ordered the closure of all borders and suspension of all international flights. Several other drastic measures have been taken as well, including the closing of restaurants, bars, places of worship and schools, as well as the ban on gatherings.

So far Guinea-Bissau has reported 1,109 cases of COVID-19, including six deaths and 42 recoveries since March 25. Enditem