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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Senegal

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Senegal
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSenegal
First outbreakFrance
Index caseDakar
Arrival date2 March 2020
(1 month)
Confirmed cases195[1]
Recovered45
Deaths
1

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Senegal on March 2, 2020.

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in Senegal  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
Date
# of cases
2020-03-02
1(+1) (+)
1(=)
2020-03-04
4(+2) (+100%)
4(=)
2020-03-10
5(+1) (+25%)
5(=)
2020-03-12
10(+5) (+100%)
10(=)
2020-03-15
24(+14) (+140%)
24(=)
2020-03-19
36(+12) (+50%)
2020-03-20
47(+9) (+25%)
2020-03-21
56(+9) (+19%)
2020-03-22
67(+11) (+20%)
2020-03-23
79(+12) (+18%)
2020-03-24
86(+7) (+8.9%)
2020-03-25
99(+13) (+15%)
2020-03-26
105(+6) (+6%)
2020-03-27
119(+14) (+13%)
2020-03-28
130(+11) (+9%)
2020-03-29
142(+12) (+9%)
2020-03-30
162(+20) (+14%)
2020-03-31
175(+13) (+8%)
Sources: various news sources and state health department websites. See Timeline Table and Timeline narrative for sources.

On 2 March 2020, a 54-year-old man from France was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Senegal,[2] living in the Almadies Arrondissement of Dakar, having been tested positive at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar.[2] He had travelled on Air Senegal on 29 February 2020.[2] Senegal became the second Sub-Saharan country to report confirmed cases after Nigeria.

The second confirmed case of COVID-19 was a French expat who came to Dakar from France. They are quoted as being in a "comfortable" condition.[3]

By 4 March 2020, the number of cases rose to four, with both cases being foreign nationals.[4] The first case was the wife of the first case in Senegal, who arrived in the country on 19 February. The other case was a Briton from London, who came to Senegal on 24 February.[citation needed]

Basketball Africa League postponed the start of their inaugural season on 6 March 2020, which would have taken place in Dakar.[5] This came as fear mounted over religious events and travel, especially those related to the Grand Magal, a Mouride festivity which occurs in Touba.[6]

On 10 March, Senegalese Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr told local press that the government would call off religious events if advised to do so. On the same day, a Senegalese national returning from Italy confirmed positive, becoming the fifth case in the country.[7]

On 12 March 2020, five more cases were announced in Senegal, which were family members of a confirmed case of the Senegalese national returning from Italy.[8] One of the victims was in the holy city of Touba, despite many people being convinced by clerics that they were immune to the coronavirus.[9]

As of 15 March, there were 24 confirmed cases in Senegal.[10] Senegal imposed travel restrictions, banned cruise ships, and closed schools for three weeks in response to the coronavirus. They also banned public gatherings for a month, including Muslim and Christian pilgrimages.[11]

On 23 March, Senegal declared a state of emergency.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live): 434,643 Cases and 19,604 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer". www.worldometers.info. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Coronavirus : Le Sénégal enregistre son premier cas". Le Quotidien (in French). 2 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Second case of coronavirus in Senegal as African sports shelved". RFI. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Senegal confirms third and fourth coronavirus cases". Reuters. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Basketball Africa League postpones start of inaugural season". NBA.com (Press release). 3 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  6. ^ Paquette, Danielle & Tall, Borso (6 March 2020). "Coronavirus fears rise in Senegal as thousands travel for religious festivals". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Senegal confirms fifth case of COVID-19". aa.com.tr. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Senegal announces 5 new coronavirus cases". News24. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Coronavirus hits Senegal's holy city as cleric declares faithful are immune". Africanews. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Senegal orders all schools closed in response to coronavirus". Reuters. 14 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  11. ^ Magome, Mogomot Si (15 March 2020). "Several African nations roll out measures to fight virus". Yahoo News. Associated Press. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Ivory Coast, Senegal declare emergencies, impose curfews in coronavirus response". Reuters. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
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