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COVID-19: Guinea Bissau PM, three ministers test positive

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Prime Minister Nuno Nabian of Guinea-Bissau and several other senior officials have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Lusa news agency on Wednesday.

Nabian and at least three other members of his government are infected, Lusa quoted Health Minister Antonio Deuna as saying in a televised address.

A government source told Lusa that the other infected officials are Interior Minister Botche Cande and two secretaries of state, Mario Fambe and Monica Buaro.

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The cases are related to a senior Interior Ministry official who has died, Lusa reported.

Guinea-Bissau had recorded 73 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death by Wednesday, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The small country, which has a population of about 1.8 million, is considered one of Africa’s most volatile states, with 16 coup attempts since it gained independence in 1974. Four succeeded.

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Nabian has served as Prime Minister since February.

(dpa/NAN)

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