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Guinea-Bissau PM and Three Ministers Test Positive for COVID-19

Independent presidential candidate Nuno Gomes Nabiam addresses his closing campaihn appearance on May 16 2014 in Bissau. Guinea-Bissau will pick between two presidential hopefuls on May 19, 2014 in a run-off vote to decide who is best-placed to return stability to a country plagued by drugs and upended in a military coup two years ago. Former finance minister Jose Mario Vaz won the first round on April 13 — the first presidential vote since the army put a stop to the 2012 election — but failed to get an outright majority and faces runner-up Nuno Gomes Nabiam in the run-off. AFP PHOTO / SEYLLOU (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam has tested positive for COVID-19 alongside three members of his cabinet, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

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Nabiam, Interior Minister Botche Cande and two other ministers were diagnosed on Tuesday and have been quarantined at a hotel in the capital Bissau, Health Minister Antonio Deuna told journalists.

He did not provide details of the officials’ condition or treatment, but warned the country’s rate of infection could rise.

The West African nation has so far confirmed more than 70 cases and one death – a senior police commissioner.

Nabiam came third in last year’s presidential election and was selected by the eventual winner, President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, to be prime minister in late February.

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