Guinea: The latest news
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently at an all-time high, with the number of confirmed cases and deaths at the highest level since it began.
However, it remains unclear how the outbreak is affecting the population of Guinea.
The new report from the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that between 1,400 and 2,000 people died in Guinea last week, compared to the average of 300-500 deaths per week.
That’s a decrease of 50-60 percent, but OCHA said the number is still high, since most of the deaths are attributed to coronavirus spread in the capital.
OCHA noted that the increase in deaths in the north of the country was attributed to “further spreading of the virus” in the area.
It said the “current high level of COVID-19 deaths in Guinea” could be “a significant indicator of ongoing transmission of the new strain of the coronaviruses, which are expected to continue to spread across the country and could lead to a rise in the number and severity of COID-19 infections.”
In the latest update, OCHA also noted that Guinea’s health system is “in good shape,” with only 8 percent of the population suffering from chronic or chronic diseases, and that “some of the most vulnerable are protected from the spread of the outbreak.”
In its first update in March, OCHA said it had identified a total of 9,788 new cases, of which 5,543 had been confirmed.
In March, Guinea reported its first coronaviral-related death, which occurred when a doctor accidentally exposed his wife to the virus.