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Gabon lifts all coronavirus restrictions

The Central African nation’s unpopular anti-COVID measures were among the longest-running in Africa, sparking several protests in the two years since measures were first introduced.

Gabon is lifting its curfew and all other coronavirus restrictions, the president has announced during a state-of-the-nation address that was broadcast live on Facebook.

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The Central African nation’s unpopular anti-COVID measures were among the longest-running in Africa, sparking several protests in the two years since measures were first introduced.

It is hoped Thursday’s decree will see life return to some sense of normality.

According to official World Health Organization data, about 13% of people in Gabon have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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But Gabon’s President Ali Bongo says as many as 25% are vaccinated against the virus, and that transmission has steadily dropped with fewer than 10 new infections on average reported each day.

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Vaccinated people had previously been allowed to travel during curfew hours and to attend public gatherings, and this will now be extended to the rest of the population.

Source: Asaaseradio

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