2020 coronavirus pandemic in Cape Verde
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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Cape Verde|
|Arrival date||20 March 2020|
(2 weeks and 5 days)
On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.
Two more cases were confirmed the following day on 21 March. Both cases were tourists, one from the Netherlands, aged 60, and one from United Kingdom, aged 62. These two cases and the previous one were all on Boa Vista island before testing positive. The first death was announced on 24 March, regarding the first confirmed case in Cape Verde.
On 25 March, a fourth case was confirmed, a 43 years old national citizen who has returned from Europe, being the first case detected in the country's capital, Praia, on Santiago island. On the following day, 26 March, Cape Verde's Health minister announced that the man's wife also tested positive, thus being the first reported local transmission.
On 17 March, as a contingency measure, Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva announced the suspension of all incoming flights from the US, Brazil, Senegal, Nigeria, Portugal, and all European countries affected by the coronavirus. The suspension is active for three weeks. Exceptions are for cargo flights and flights for foreign citizens wishing to return home. The ban also applies to the docking of cruise ships, sailing ships and landing from passengers or crew from cargo ships or fishing ships. More exceptional measures were taken the day after, and the contingency level was raised on 27 March.
Cabo Verde Airlines had already taken the decision to suspend flights. Since 28 February the flights to Milan (Italy) are suspended. On 6 March, the flights to Lagos (Nigeria), Porto Alegre (Brazil) and Washington D.C. (United States) were also suspended. On 17 March, accordingly to the Government decision, Cabo Verde Airlines suspended all its other routes.
On the 28th March, a state of emergency was declared in Cabo Verde, implementing a set of measures aimed at reducing social contact, and closing many businesses 
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