Additional measures to combat Covid-19 come into force in São Tomé and Príncipe

The new restrictive measures adopted by the government of São Tomé and Príncipe in response to the appearance of the first cases of Covid-19 in the archipelago come into effect on Thursday, 8 April, according to a statement issued on Monday in São Tomé.

The minister of the Presidency said on that occasion, that the Council of Ministers had decided on the, “suspension of all maritime links and areas between the islands of São Tomé and Principe, carrying out the situations of health emergency duly authorised by the prime minister and head of the government.”

The additional measures include the suspension of visits to patients in hospitals, health centres, homes for the elderly and prisons, the implementation of a single timetable for public services and the reduction in the number of employees.

It also includes the entry into force of the same opening times for retail stores and supermarkets and closure of all restaurants, bars, cafés, patisseries and food trucks, with the exception of those offering home delivery services.

In addition to the adoption of these measures, which will remain in force as long as the state of emergency remains in place, the government decided on the, “immediate activation of the complementary isolation centre for the Central Hospital, and reinforcement of the stock of medicines, consumables and reagents for the pandemic and other diseases that still affect the country.”

The first four positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus were announced on Monday following the results of tests carried out at a laboratory in Franceville, Gabon, with the support of the World Health Organization. (macauhub)