2020 coronavirus pandemic in Gabon

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

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Gabon
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Arrival date12 March 2020
(3 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases24


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]


The country's first case was announced on 12 March, a 27-year-old Gabonese man who returned to Gabon from France, four days prior to confirmation of the coronavirus.[6]

On 17 March, two additional cases were confirmed in the country, including a woman who works at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She visited Marseille and Paris before returning to the country.[7] The other patient is a 29-year-old border police officer working at the Leon Mba Libreville International Airport. She checked the passport of the first confirmed case in Gabon, who arrived from France on March 8.[8]

On 20 March, the first death was confirmed.[9]

On 24 March, diagnosed cases increased to six with the Ministry of Health announcing two new cases: a 45-year-old Togolese national, resident of Gabon and recently returned from Senegal on March 11 and a 42-year-old Gabonese national returned from France on March 19.[10]


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  10. ^ "Covid-19 : Le Gabon enregistre son 6è cas positif". 23 March 2020.