COVID-19 pandemic in Mauritania

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

COVID-19 pandemic in Mauritania
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationMauritania
Index caseNouakchott
Arrival date13 March 2020
(2 months and 2 weeks)
Confirmed cases292 (as of 27 May)[1]
Active cases261 (as of 27 May)
Recovered15 (as of 27 May)
Deaths
16 (as of 27 May)

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

COVID-19 cases in Mauritania  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
Date
# of cases
deaths
2020-03-13
1(n.a.)
1(=)
2020-03-18
2(+100%)
2(=)
2020-03-26
3(+50%) 0
3(=)
2020-03-28
5(+60%) 0
2020-03-29
5(=) 0
2020-03-30
6(+50%) 1
6(=)
2020-04-09
7(+50%) 1
7(=)
2020-04-18
7(=) 1
7(=)
2020-04-29
8(+14%) 1
8(=)
2020-05-12
9(+13%) 1
2020-05-13
15(+67%) 2
2020-05-14
20(+75%) 2
2020-05-15
29(+45%) 3
2020-05-16
40(+40%) 4
2020-05-17
62(+55%) 4
2020-05-18
81(+30%) 4
2020-05-19
131(+62%) 4
2020-05-20
141(+8%) 4
2020-05-21
173(+23%) 5
2020-05-22
200(+16%) 6
2020-05-23
227(+14%) 6
2020-05-24
237(+4%) 6
2020-05-25
262(+11%) 9
2020-05-26
268(+2%) 13


March 2020Edit

On 13 March, the first case was confirmed, with the case being placed in isolation.[7]

The case is an expatriate from a yet to be disclosed country, in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.[8] After test results came in positive, charter flights to France were cancelled.

On 18 March, the Mauritanian Minister of Health announced the discovery of a second positive coronavirus case on a foreign female employee, working at a house of a couple of expatriates, the woman arrived 10 days prior the discovery.[9]

A third coronavirus case was declared on March 26 for a 74-year-old man, a Mauritanian citizen who had arrived in Mauritania on March 15 from France via Air France.[10]

The country recorded its first death on 30 March 2020.[11]

April 2020Edit

On 18 April, the last remaining active case recovered. On that date, there had been 7 confirmed cases in the country, 6 of whom had recovered, and oneof whom had died, making Mauritania temporarily one of few affected countries in the world to become free of COVID-19.[12]

On 29 April, a Senegalese citizen tested positive. The case is a 68-year woman living in the state of Nouakchott.[13]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live)". www.worldometers.info. 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. ^ "Mauritania confirms first coronavirus case". Channel News Asia. 14 March 2020. Archived from the original on 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Mauritania confirms first coronavirus case". National Post. Reuters. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  9. ^ Médoune, SAMB (18 March 2020). "Coronavirus: Second case discovered in Mauritania". Panafrican News Agency. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  10. ^ "تسجيل إصابة جديدة فيروس كورونا بموريتانيا". 26 March 2020.
  11. ^ "موريتانيا تعلن عن أول حالة وفاة بسبب "كورونا"". الأخبار: أول وكالة أنباء موريتانية مستقلة (in Arabic). 30 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  12. ^ "La Mauritanie ne compte plus de cas positifs suivis (Ministère de la Santé)". www.cridem.org.
  13. ^ "Update 29 April 2020". Ministry of Health via Facebook (in Arabic).