2020 coronavirus pandemic in Mauritania

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Mauritania
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
Index caseNouakchott
Arrival date13 March 2020
(2 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases6[1]

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


On 13 March, the first case was confirmed, with the case being placed in isolation.[2]

The case is an expatriate from a yet to be disclosed country, in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

The country recorded its first death on 30 March 2020.[6]


  1. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live): 780,997 Cases and 37,567 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer". Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Mauritania confirms first coronavirus case". Channel News Asia. 14 March 2020. Archived from the original on 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Mauritania confirms first coronavirus case". National Post. Reuters. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  4. ^ Médoune, SAMB (18 March 2020). "Coronavirus: Second case discovered in Mauritania". Panafrican News Agency. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ "تسجيل إصابة جديدة فيروس كورونا بموريتانيا". 26 March 2020.
  6. ^ "موريتانيا تعلن عن أول حالة وفاة بسبب "كورونا"". الأخبار: أول وكالة أنباء موريتانية مستقلة (in Arabic). 30 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.

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