Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy

Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy (1952 – 21 March 2020) was a Madagascar-born doctor.[1] He was known for his work as a doctor during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, during which he died of COVID-19.

Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy
Died (aged 68)
Lille, France
Cause of deathCOVID-19


Born in Madagascar in 1952,[2] Razafindranazy lived in Soissons with his wife, who also worked as a doctor specializing in pediatrics. He was immediately called to action for the outbreak of COVID-19 while returning from a vacation to Madagascar, a time during which his children described him as "in good shape".[3] However, a shortage of face masks and the stresses of working in healthcare during this time led to him catching the virus. He was immediately transferred to the CHU hospital in Lille, where he died on 21 March 2020.[4][5][6]

The French Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Olivier Véran, announced Razafindranazy's death on RTL on 22 March 2020,[7] as did Patrick Pelloux, President of the Association des médecins urgentistes de France, on BFM TV.[8] Razafindranazy's death was the first among French health professionals, and it caused a greater stress on the importance of wearing FFP2 masks while treating the coronavirus.[9]


  1. ^ "Portrait : Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy, premier médecin urgentiste décédé du coronavirus". L'Est éclair (in French). 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ ""Mon père s'est sacrifié": les hommages au médecin de Compiègne mort du Covid-19". BFM TV (in French). 23 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Médecin de Compiègne mort du coronavirus : "C'était un urgentiste exceptionnel"". France 3 Hautes-de-France (in French). 22 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Coronavirus : un médecin urgentiste de Compiègne décède après avoir été infecté". Le Parisien (in French). 22 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Ce que l'on sait sur le premier médecin mort en France à cause du coronavirus". L'Express (in French). 22 March 2020.
  6. ^ "« C'est un choc. Ce n'est qu'un premier cas » : les soignants face à la première victime du coronavirus dans leurs rangs". Le Monde (in French). 23 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Coronavirus : un médecin est décédé de la maladie, annonce Olivier Véran sur RTL". RTL (in French). 22 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Coronavirus: Olivier Véran annonce la mort d'un médecin hospitalier, une première en France". BFM TV (in French). 22 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Coronavirus : décès de Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy , le premier médecin victime de l'épidémie en France". France 1 Outre-Mer (in French). 22 March 2020.