2020 coronavirus pandemic in Niger

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Niger
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseNiamey
Arrival date19 March 2020
(2 weeks and 1 day)
Confirmed cases74[1]

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

Amnesty International reported that journalists were arrested over the pandemic.[2]


On 19 March, the first case in the country was confirmed in Niamey, being a 36-year-old man from Nigeria. He had travelled to Lomé, Accra, Abidjan & Ouagadougou.[3]

Following this announcement, the airports in Niger, and Zinder were closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.[3]

A third case was confirmed to be a Brazilian woman who entered the country on March 16.[4]

Niger reported a total of 7 cases on March 25, including the first death related to COVID-19 in the country (24 March[5]). The death occurred in Niamey, being a 63-year old Nigerian national.[6]


  1. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live): 471,794 Cases and 21,297 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer". Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Niger: Civil society organisations call on authorities to end harassment of human rights defenders". Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Le Niger enregistre son premier cas de coronavirus (Officiel)". Agence Nigérienne de Presse. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ "CORONAVIRUS : 3ÈME CAS DÉCLARÉ AU NIGER…". L`innovation au service de l`information pour mieux informer. (in French). Retrieved 25 March 2020.
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  6. ^ "CORONAVIRUS : Sept (7) CAS ENREGISTRÉS DONT UN (1)MORT…". L`innovation au service de l`information pour mieux informer. (in French). Retrieved 25 March 2020.
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