Equatorial Guinea closes schools in Malabo and Bata for 14 days due to increase in COVID-19 cases

The government of Equatorial Guinea on Monday announced that on-site classes at educational centres for all levels of teaching, both public and private located in the cities of Bata and Malabo are temporarily suspended for fourteen days from Monday while continuing with the monitoring of the evolution of the pandemic in the country.

In a press statement, the government announced that this is largely because 70% of the school population in Equatorial Guinea are concentrated in the cities of Bata and Malabo respectively.

The latest technical reports published by the Equatorial Guinea vigilance and fight against COVID-19 technical committee showed a daily increase in positive cases in the two cities.

The Ministry for Education, University Teaching and Sports had previously been instructed that when a positive case of COVID-19 is detected at a school, they will close it for a period of 2 weeks and disinfect it, considering that educational centres bring together various students from different families, and where one of them could be infected within the family and spread the illness in the classroom.

This comes as just Wednesday last week, a batch of China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines made its arrival in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.

The country has thus far recorded 5694 Coronavirus cases and 87 deaths.