2020 coronavirus pandemic in Niger

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

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Niger
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationNiger
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseNiamey
Arrival date19 March 2020
(2 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases342[1]
Recovered28
Deaths
11

Amnesty International reported that journalists were arrested over the pandemic.[2]

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.[3][4]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[5][6] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[7][5]

TimelineEdit

March 2020Edit

On 19 March, the first case in the country was confirmed in Niamey, being a 36-year-old man from Nigeria. He had travelled to Lomé, Accra, Abidjan & Ouagadougou.[8]

Following this announcement, the airports in Niger, and Zinder were closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.[8]

A third case was confirmed to be a Brazilian woman who entered the country on March 16.[9]

Niger reported a total of 7 cases on March 25, including the first death related to COVID-19 in the country (24 March[10]). The death occurred in Niamey, being a 63-year old Nigerian national.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Évolution du Coronavirus au Niger en temps réel – Coronavirus, Covid19". Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Niger: Civil society organisations call on authorities to end harassment of human rights defenders". www.amnesty.org. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Le Niger enregistre son premier cas de coronavirus (Officiel)". Agence Nigérienne de Presse. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  9. ^ "CORONAVIRUS : 3ÈME CAS DÉCLARÉ AU NIGER…". L`innovation au service de l`information pour mieux informer. (in French). Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  10. ^ "CORONAVIRUS : Sept (7) CAS ENREGISTRÉS DONT UN (1)MORT…".
  11. ^ "CORONAVIRUS : Sept (7) CAS ENREGISTRÉS DONT UN (1)MORT…". L`innovation au service de l`information pour mieux informer. (in French). Retrieved 25 March 2020.