Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
As of 22 May, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 1,114 with 42 patients who have recovered and 6 deaths, thus bringing the number of active cases to 1,066. Male (68%) continue to be more attained than female (32%). The 30-39 years age group has most of the confirmed COVID-19 cases with 27.5% of cases, followed by the 40-49 years age group with 21.8% of cases. As of 20 May there were 93 children from 0 to 19 years infected. The type of transmission is now considered community transmission with most cases (96%) concentrated in the capital, Bissau. The evolution of the confirmed cases over the last two months is shown below:
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The National Health Emergency Committee, under the Ministry of Health, continues to lead the response, supported by the UN system and other partners like IMVF, Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontieres. In support of the National Contingency Plan, the UN has developed a UN joint COVID-19 Operational Support Plan. Within the support plan, UNICEF leads the UN interagency Task Force on risk communication and community engagement in support of the response and in close coordination with the National Health Emergency Committee. Meetings among donors are conducted weekly to ensure coordinated interventions and investment in urgent priorities.
Preventive and restrictive measures instaured by the Government include: mandatory curfew from 20h to 6h; liberty of movement for essential purchases only from 7h to 14h; no movement between regions in the country; mandatory use of mask in public spaces.
UNICEF’s COVID-19 response
In support to the National Contingency Plan for COVID19, UNICEF response strategy and interventions focus on the following:
- Risk communication and community engagement and C4D
- WASH and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures;
- Health – Continuous access to health services, capacity strengthening of medical personnel
- provision of medical consumables, essential drugs and equipment;
- Education: provision of distance education and support to education sector response and recovery
- Child Protection: Psychosocial support and continuous access to child protection services;
- Procurement and logistics