2020 coronavirus pandemic in Tanzania

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

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Tanzania
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationTanzania
Index caseArusha
Arrival date16 March 2020
(3 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases25[1]
Recovered5
Deaths
1

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.[2][3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[6][4]

TimelineEdit

Timeline - week 1Edit

On 16 March, the first case in Tanzania was confirmed in Arusha.[7][8] It was a 46-year-old Tanzanian who had come to Arusha from Belgium.[9]

On 18 March, two other cases in Tanzania were reported.[10] On 19 March two new cases were reported, bringing the total to six. Five cases were located in capital city of Dar es Salaam with the other in Zanzibar.[11]

On 22 March, it was announced that cases had risen to 12.[12]

Timeline - week 2Edit

On 25 March, it was announced that Zanzibar recorded it's second case.[13]

On 26 March, the first COVID recovery was announced, of the first Arusha patient. [14]

On 28 March, a third case was recorded in Zanzibar.[15]

Timeline - week 3Edit

On 30 March, there were 5 more recorded cases, including 2 in Zanzibar and 3 in mainland Tanzania, bringing the cumulative total to 19.[16]

On 31 March, the first COVID death was recorded, in Dar es Salaam.[17]

On 1 April, 1 new case and 1 recovery in Dar es Salaam was announced, bringing the cumulative totals to 20 cases, 2 recoveries and 1 death.[18]

On 3 April a third recovery in Kagera was announced, bringing the active case number to 16.[19]

On 5 April 2 new cases were reported in Zanzibar.

On 6 April a further 2 new cases were reported in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza, bringing the cumulative total to 24.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sawlani, Samira (8 April 2020). "1 more Coronavirus case confirmed in Tanzania today - a 51 yr old in Dar es Salaam.Brings total number to 25pic.twitter.com/Jduqj7UBW7". @samirasawlani. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
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  5. ^ "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.
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  7. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live) - Worldometer". www.worldometers.info.
  8. ^ "Somalia, Tanzania confirm first coronavirus cases". Anadolu Agency. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
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  10. ^ "Coronavirus cases rise to three in Tanzania". The Citizen. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  11. ^ Vidija, Patrick (19 March 2020). "COVID-19: Tanzania traces 112 contacts as cases rise to six". The Star. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Covid-19 cases in Tanzania now rise to 12, says President". The Citizen. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
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  19. ^ Ltd, Tanzania Standard Newspapers. "COVID-19 RESPONSE: US gives 2.3bn/-, patient recovers". dailynews.co.tz. Retrieved 6 April 2020.