2020 coronavirus pandemic in Djibouti

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic reached Djibouti on March 18, 2020.

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Djibouti
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseDjibouti
Arrival date14 March 2020
(3 weeks and 4 days)
Confirmed cases135


Several major world powers have a military presence in Djibouti, including China, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States. The country's first confirmed case was a member of the Spanish military, and the entire unit was quarantined at the French military base in Djibouti.[1]


On 15 March, Djibouti announced that all commercial passenger flights would be suspended starting March 18.[1] Trains have also been stopped.[2]The World Health Organization has provided personal protective equipment to Djibouti.[2]


On 18 March, the first case in Djibouti was confirmed, a member of the Spanish Special Forces who arrived on 14 March for Operation Atalanta and tested positive on 17 March.[3][1][4] The infected soldier did not interact with the local population,[2] and Spain announced that the team would be repatriated.[4]

By 5 April, the number of confirmed cases had rise to 59. [5]


  1. ^ a b c "Djibouti confirms first coronavirus case". The East African. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Djibouti joins global action to prevent COVID-19 as first case is confirmed in the country - Djibouti". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live) - Worldometer". www.worldometers.info.
  4. ^ a b "Covid-19: Spain to repatriate command team from Djibouti after positive coronavirus test | Jane's 360". www.janes.com. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Ministere de la Santé de Djibouti". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 5 April 2020.