The government of Gabon announced Friday the complete confinement of Libreville and three municipalities bordering the capital from Sunday for a period of two weeks.
“The confinement of Grand Libreville takes effect from Sunday April 12 at midnight for a period of 15 days, renewable if circumstances require us to do so,” Prime Minister of Gabon, Julien Nkoghe Bekalé, told the press.
“the government asks you to stay at home,” he added to the residents of Libreville and the three other municipalities, adding that “only the services whose missions are deemed essential to the life of the Nation are authorized to exercise “.
The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, announced last Saturday an imminent confinement of Grand Libreville during a speech broadcast on television, without giving more details. His spokesman then said on twitter that “it would not be a total containment with a ban on driving in the area”.
“Without panicking and despite the measures already taken, we must have the lucidity to recognize that the development of the pandemic in our country is worrying,” the Prime Minister said on Friday before announcing total containment.
A central African country with just under 2 million inhabitants, Gabon officially has 44 people infected (including one dead) by the new coronavirus.
To support households and businesses during this confinement, the president announced on Saturday a “massive state effort of the order of 250 billion CFA francs” (380 million euros).