2020 coronavirus pandemic in Chad

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Chad in March 2020.

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Chad
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationChad
Index caseN’Djamena
Arrival date19 March 2020
(2 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases9
Recovered0
Deaths
0

BackgroundEdit

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.[1][2]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[3][4] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[5][3]

TimelineEdit

MarchEdit

On 19 March, Chadian authorities reported their first case, a Moroccan passenger who flew from Douala.[6]

On 26 March, with three cases already reported, Chadian authorities reported two additional positive cases. The cases were a 48-year-old Chadian and a 55-year-old Cameroonian passenger on a March 17, 2020 Ethiopian Airlines flight from Dubai and Brussels respectively via Addis Ababa. [7]

ResponseEdit

As a preventive measure, the government had cancelled all flights into the country, except for cargo flights.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. ^ "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  5. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Chad confirms first case of coronavirus: government statement". Reuters. 19 March 2020. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  7. ^ Alwihda, Info. "Coronavirus : Le Tchad annonce deux nouveaux cas". Alwihda Info - Actualités TCHAD, Afrique, International (in French). Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Coronavirus-free Chad shuts borders, airports". The Cable. 17 March 2020. Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Chad to close airports over coronavirus fears". Medical Xpress. 16 March 2020. Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.