17 Feb The National Technical Committee for Surveillance and Response to COVID-19 reports on the epidemiological situation from February 2 to 15 in Equatorial Guinea
Under the direction of MINSABS and with the support of WHO
The National Technical Committee for Surveillance and Response to COVID-19 in Equatorial Guinea, under the direction of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MINSABS) and with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), organizes a press conference (the fifteenth during the pandemic) to present updated epidemiological data on the evolution of COVID-19 in the country, corresponding to the period between February 2 and 15, 2021.
To date, 94,255 PCR tests have been carried out, of which 5,730 have been positive cases of Covid-19. The cumulative positivity rate is currently 6.2. This rate was 4.4 in the last 7 days. The confirmed cases were followed in isolation in hospitals, hotels, and homes. There have been 5,433 recovered and 88 deaths, representing a fatality rate of 1.54.
In recent weeks there has been a notable increase in confirmed cases and, consequently, in the rate of positivity. Despite the fact that Equatorial Guinea continues to be one of the countries with the greatest control, globally and continentally, the MINSABS reiterates its concern about negligent and irresponsible behavior in the population. both at the individual and institutional level.
The Government has started the first phase of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, at the island and continental level, in accordance with the National Plan for the Introduction of the Vaccine. “In accordance with international trends, the vaccination process will be carried out gradually and progressively, in four phases and complying with the established criteria,” explained the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang.
In this first stage, about 50,000 people belonging to priority groups will be vaccinated. Specifically, the direct clinical care staff for patients, people at high risk of mortality from COVID-19, security personnel, personnel who work at the entrances of the country in contact with travelers, people who serve the public and with an average of more than 15 daily contacts. To this end, accompanying measures have been adopted in the different departments and ministries. In just 6 days, 422 people have been vaccinated in the country, of them 358 from the island region and 64 on the mainland.