COVID-19 pandemic in Djibouti

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COVID-19 pandemic in Djibouti
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseDjibouti
Arrival date14 March 2020
(2 years, 5 months and 3 days)
Confirmed cases1,268 (As of 13 May)[1][2]
Active cases365 (As of 13 May)
Recovered900 (As of 13 May)[1]
3 (As of 13 May)[1]

The COVID-19 pandemic spread to Djibouti in March 2020. It is a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

On 18 March, the first COVID-19 case in Djibouti was confirmed, in a member of the Spanish Special Forces who arrived on 14 March for Operation Atalanta and tested positive on 17 March.[3][4]

A contractor working for the United States Department of Defense at Camp Lemonnier, the largest and only permanent US military base in Djibouti, tested positive for COVID-19 the same month.[5] A total of 30 cases were confirmed by the end of March.[6]

On 2 April, the World Bank approved US$5 million in emergency funding for Djibouti as part of the Djibouti COVID-19 Response Project.[7]

By 5 April, the number of confirmed cases had rise to 59.[8]

On 9 April, Djibouti recorded its first coronavirus death. There were 140 people infected with COVID-19, while 28 people recovered.[9]

On 23 April, the US military in Djibouti declared a public health emergency.

A second case in Camp Lemonnier was confirmed in late April,[10] triggering a permanent lockdown.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Johns Hopkins CSSE. "Coronavirus COVID19 (2019-nCoV)" (ArcGIS). Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  2. "Ministere de la Santé de Djibouti". Retrieved 2020-05-13.
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  5. "U.S. Army Halts Training Over Coronavirus but Then Changes Its Mind". New York Times. 26 March 2020.
  6. Tobita, Masanori (26 April 2020). "Coronavirus in Djibouti increases risk of China debt trap". Nikkei Asian Review.
  7. "Djibouti: World Bank Approves US$5 Million in Urgent Support of Coronavirus Response". World Bank. 2 April 2020.
  8. "Ministere de la Santé de Djibouti". Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  9. "Djibouti says records its first coronavirus death - ministry of health". Reuters. 2020-04-09. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  10. "U.S. Military's Hub in Africa Fights to Keep the Coronavirus Out". Foreign Policy. 1 May 2020.
  11. "Lockdown at US military base in Djibouti as coronavirus spreads". Rfi. 29 April 2020.