Head of State Decree approving initiation of Second Phase of Relaxation of State of Health Alarm We are including the full text of Decree number 54/2020, of 4th August, approving the initiation of the Second Phase of Relaxation of the State of Health Alarm.

06/08/2020

-“DECREE NUMBER 54/2020, of 4th August, agreeing the initiation of the Second Phase of Relaxation of the State of Health Alarm, restrictions on confinement and precautionary measures adopted under Decree No. 42/ 2020, of 31st March.

IN VIEW of Decree No. 45/2020, of 15th June, declaring PHASE I of the Relaxation of the State of Health Alarm restrictions on confinement and the precautionary measures regarding the new Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

CONSIDERING that the COVID-19 Vigilance Technical Committee has been closely monitoring the daily evolution of COVID-19 in the country through the routine information issued daily by the data centre since the start of the pandemic. In that aspect, the Committee states with satisfaction the favourable evolution of the rate of positive cases, in which they see a reduction when comparing accumulated positive cases with the daily figure based on new cases.

CONSIDERING, in addition, the report from the COVID-19 Response and Vigilance Technical Committee, submitted to the Government through the Policy Committee for the Fight against the Pandemic, which reveals the monthly evolution for the three latest months, finding that the rate of positive cases has been falling gradually from 8.5% in the months following 15th May, showing 7.3 on 16th June and finally 3% on 16th July.

This shows a sustained reduction in the number of positive daily cases found in the country, resulting from a fall in local contagion.

In virtue of this and at the behest of the Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, using the faculties granted to me under current legal provisions:

I DECLARE:

Article 1 .- The initiation of the Second Phase of Relaxation of the State of Health Alarm is agreed

Article 2.- The celebration of acts of worship, on-site seminars, cultural events and sports leagues is authorised, in accordance with the observed evolution of the pandemic in the country, with a maximum capacity of 50%, in compliance at all times with the obligatory measures of prevention and containment, including the taking of temperatures, the disinfection of hands, and the use of face masks.

Article 3 .- Religious confessions may restart their services; this will take place following the creation of a prevention and containment protocol for infection, establishing multiple sessions. The maximum authorised capacity for religious confessions will be 50% for their various activities. Local fiestas and other celebrations which could result in a gathering of people are not authorised, with weddings and baptisms restricted to liturgical celebrations.

Article 4 .- The opening of the following public places in authorised:

a) Street markets

b) School centres from 1st September, with a capacity no greater than 50%. The Minister for Education will have to establish multiple sessions for morning, afternoon and evening with the aim of complying with the teaching programme for material taught at all levels. The Ministry for Education will ensure that preventive measures are available in all educational centres in the cities of Malabo and Bata, and random testing using the PCR TEST will take place in educational centres.

c) Casinos, bars and public parks will maintain preventive measures at all times, and their capacities will be limited to 50%

Article 5 .- Travellers arriving in the country, whether expatriates or nationals, will have to present a negative PCR TEST certificate issued in the last 48 hours. In the event of travellers not having the certificate, they will have to take a PCR TEST at the airport, at a cost of 50,000 Franco CFA for nationals, and 110,000 Franco CFA for expatriates. The payment for the test must be made immediately via deposit or transfer to the bank account opened at the National Bank of Equatorial Guinea (BANGE), called "Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Salud Publica de Guinea Ecuatorial (INISAPGE)", number 37111233901-3 (SWIFT code NAGCQXXX). Travellers entering must self-isolate in a hotel in the city, while awaiting the results of the PCR TEST, under supervision from the Committee. The costs associated with the hotel stay will be borne by each traveller, independently of citizenship, whether national or foreign.

Article 6 .- For the COVID-10 pandemic control measures, the PCR TESTS will continue to be free for all residents in the country. For trips abroad, for those requiring a test at their destination the cost of the PCR test for nationals will be 50,000 Franco CFA, and in the case of expatriates, the cost will be 110,000 Franco CFA. The procedure for carrying out the test will be identical to that stated in Article 5, with prior payment in the same BANGE account. Samples will be taken at the Buena Esperanza health centre during the hours of 9.00 to 11.30, on presentation of proof of bank deposit or transfer. The result will be issued within 48 hours, at an office at the headquarters of the Ministry for Health and Social Welfare opened for that purpose, during the hours of 10.00 to 16.00, on presentation of proof of payment.

Article 7 .- The Technical Committee will periodically evaluate the epidemiological impact of the relaxation measures adopted under PHASE II; in the event that there is an upsurge in cases of COVID-19 in a neighbourhood, town or specific area, various new social and public health measures will be considered, or a reinforcement of the technical, human and institutional capacities will be established in order to interrupt the chain of contagion for COVID-19 and provide sufficient health cover to those affected.

Article 8 .- The use of face masks continues to be obligatory and necessary in open spaces, public buildings, on public transport and in private vehicles, if accompanied by other people. Furthermore, it remains obligatory to have infra-red thermometers for taking temperatures and disinfectant gel, and to comply strictly with the established distancing measures, in addition to carrying out a daily disinfection of the entire facilities before starting the next working day.

Article 9 .- All private clinics, medical surgeries and pharmacies will be obliged to report to the rapid response team and send to the the nearest public hospital any suspected cases or patients with clear symptoms of COVID-19. Contravening this directive may lead to the definitive closure of the private health centre.

Article 10 .- All traditional healers will be obliged to send any patient with a serious respiratory condition to the nearest reference hospital and report to the green line (1111-Malabo, or 1112-Bata) or to the rapid response team, the nearest governing authority and/or health authority on the need to transport patients suspected of having COVID-19 to the nearest treatment centre. Contravening this directive may lead to the definitive closure of the healer's centre.

Article 11 .- Each institution must acquire disinfection and automated temperature recording equipment, and locate this at the access to public and private buildings.

Article 12 .- In each ministerial department a Cell of FOUR (4) members will be created to serve as a point of contact with the COVID-19 Response and Vigilance Technical Committee.

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS:

ONE.- The Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, in coordination with the Sector Ministers for Health and Social Welfare: Interior and Local Corporations; National Security; National Defence; Finance, the Economy and Planning; Justice, Worship and Penitentiary Institutions; Civil Aviation: Education, University Teaching and Sports; Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Information, Press and Radio; and Transport, the Postal Service and telecommunications, respectively, are empowered to dictate and adopt all the necessary measures in order to comply with the relaxation measures in this Second Phase.

REPEAL PROVISION:

Any provisions of equal or inferior scope which oppose that set out in this Decree are repealed.

FINAL PROVISION:

This Decree will come into force from the date of its publication in the National Media, without prejudice to its publication in the Official State Bulletin.

I thus order through this Decree, issued in Malabo on the fifth day of the month of August, two thousand and twenty.

FOR A BETTER GUINEA

OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC".

Submission: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (DPGWIGE)
Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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