6 Protesters Killed in Clashes with Police in Guinea

The Protesters are Opposed to Border Closures aimed at Curbing Spread of Coronavirus

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At least six people were killed during protests in Guinea on Tuesday, a police spokesperson said in a statement.

Five deaths were reported in Coyah and one in Dubreka. Protesters are reported to have clashed with the police over roadblocks erected to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The government recently imposed a nighttime curfew, closed its borders, banned gatherings and made mask-wearing compulsory.

Guinea is among the West African countries worst-hit by COVID-19. The country has recorded 2,998 infections and 11 deaths.

The country has a deficient health system and had to reopen its main hospital amid ongoing renovations. Guinea also has first-hand experience with infectious diseases, having been hit by Ebola between 2013 and 2016.

More than 2,500 people succumbed to the virus.