Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Libreville, Gabon

Location:  Gabon

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide.  As of March 15, there is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Gabon.

On March 13, the Gabonese government announced the following measures:

  • The suspension of tourist visas from the most infected areas, including the European Union, China, South Korea and the United States;
  • The closure of daycare centers, schools, universities and vocational training centers throughout Gabon until March 30;
  • The closure of bars and nightclubs until further notice;
  • A ban on the assembly of more than 50 people throughout the country;
  • A suspension of national sporting and cultural events;
  • A recommendation that people use public transport only for essential travel.

The U.S. Embassy remains operational, but has reduced non-essential activities and is taking the following extra precautions:

  • All Embassy-sponsored public-facing events have been cancelled.
  • All non-essential consular services have been suspended. The Embassy will continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.
  • The Embassy has encouraged personnel to limit gatherings and in-person meetings and to evaluate their level of social interaction.

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