To avoid overwhelming hospitals, a toll-free number, 1410, has been set up for people experiencing symptoms, paired with a tracing strategy for all contact cases.
Finally, the Gabonese authorities have announced their intention to carry out large-scale tests for the population, although it is not known if and when they will be able to do so. So far, 1,150 people have been tested (vs 632 on April 12) since the detection of the first case in mid-March. The authorities have also decided to manufacture their own hydro-alcoholic gels in a factory in the Nkok SEZ. They have also ordered ventilators, masks, protective gear, test kits and other necessary equipment from China. Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, made a donation to the Gabonese authorities, though this represents only a fraction of the orders placed, which were delivered throughout March. China has also been assisting Gabon with technical support throughout the implementation of these measures.