COVID-19 pandemic in Chad

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Chad in March 2020.

COVID-19 pandemic in Chad
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationChad
Index caseN'Djamena
Arrival date19 March 2020
(2 months, 1 week and 4 days)
Confirmed cases700 (as of 27 May)[1]
Active cases335 (as of 27 May)[1]
Recovered303 (as of 27 May)[1]
Deaths
62 (as of 27 May)[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

MarchEdit

On 19 March, Chadian authorities reported their first case, a Moroccan passenger who flew from Douala.[7]

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 17 March Ethiopian Airlines flight from Dubai and Brussels, respectively, via Addis Ababa. [8]

On 30 March, two more cases of COVID-19 were reported, a Chadian citizen from Douala and a Swiss citizen from Brussels.[9]

AprilEdit

On 2 April, Chad registered a new case of COVID-19, a Chadian who traveled from Dubai via Abuja.[10]

On 3 April, a new case of COVID-19 was registered, a French citizen who traveled from Brussels via Paris.[11]

On 6 April, Chad recorded its first case of local contamination, a 31-year-old Chadian who was in contact with another Chadian who had diagnosed positive.[12]

On 9 April, health officials reported a new case of virus infection, a 59-year-old Chadian who arrived on March 25 in N'Djamena. The man was returning from Pakistan, via Cameroon, having reached N'Djamena by land. The man continued his journey to Abéché where he was finally quarantined on 4 April. The test was declared positive on 8 April.[13]

ResponseEdit

As a preventive measure, the government cancelled all flights into the country, except for cargo flights.[14][15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Coronavirus in Africa tracker". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  2. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  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.
  6. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Chad confirms first case of coronavirus: government statement". Reuters. 19 March 2020. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  8. ^ Alwihda, Info. "Coronavirus : Le Tchad annonce deux nouveaux cas". Alwihda Info - Actualités TCHAD, Afrique, International (in French). Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  9. ^ Alwihda, Info. "Tchad - COVID-19 : un tchadien et un suisse testés positifs". Alwihda Info - Actualités TCHAD, Afrique, International (in French). Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Coronavirus au Tchad : voici comment l'équipe du 1313 a pu découvrir le 8ème cas". Tchadinfos.com (in French). 3 April 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  11. ^ Alwihda, Info. "Tchad : un 9ème cas de COVID-19 détecté". Alwihda Info - Actualités TCHAD, Afrique, International (in French). Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Covid-19 : les autorités sanitaires confirment le 10e cas". Journal du Tchad (in French). Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Coronavirus : le Tchad annonce son 11e cas, un marabout venu du Pakistan". Tchadinfos.com (in French). 9 April 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Coronavirus-free Chad shuts borders, airports". The Cable. 17 March 2020. Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Chad to close airports over coronavirus fears". Medical Xpress. 16 March 2020. Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.

External linksEdit

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