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Hundreds of people congregate every day in the crowded market of Bissau, making social distancing, a major prevention measure against the COVID-19, virtually impossible. To tackle this problem, the authorities decided to establish a new space in the capital’s “Green Area”, Ajuda neighborhood.

Indira Correia Balde, after winning the elections for chairmanship of journalists union in 2018

To mark World Press Freedom of the Day, the Union of Journalists and Media Technicians of Guinea-Bissau (SINJOTECS) recalled that journalists are at the forefront of combating the pandemic and asked the State to consider creating a mechanism for support to the media sector to be entered in the State budget.

Yesterday, 24 April, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in a statement released by his spokesman, “took note” of the decision by the Authority of Heads of State and Community Government Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), on April 22, recognizing Úmaro Sissoco Embaló as the winner of the December 2019 presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau.

The socioeconomic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic is already being felt worldwide, including Guinea-Bissau, due to the preventive measures adopted by governments and the very limitations of the countries' production caused by the disease.

In the context of the support to the country’s response to COVID-19, which include a series of activities from strengthening the country’s health system to communication, the UN in Guinea-Bissau used resources from the Peacebuilding Fund to support the development of a fact-checking website that helps citizens of Guinea-Bissau to be informed with credible information.

Guinea-Bissau has so far recorded eight cases of Covid-19. On March 26, the authorities decreed a state of emergency that gives legal framework to the measures that had already been taken before: suspension of all academic and religious activities, sports competitions and all activities that involve concentration of people, including funerals, closure of borders and restrictions on the movement of people and trade.

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2512 (2020), extending the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) until 31 December. 28 February 2020. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

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