COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone

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COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSierra Leone
First outbreakWuhan, China
Arrival date31 March 2020
(2 years, 4 months and 1 day)
Confirmed cases1,803 (as of 29 July)
Recovered1,355 (as of 29 July)[1]
67 (as of 29 July)
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Sierra Leone on 31 March 2020.[2]

The president of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, confirmed the country's first case of coronavirus disease 2019 on 31 March, a 37-year-old man who traveled from France on 16 March and had been in isolation since.[3]

On 21 April, it was announced that President Julius Maada Bio was self isolating following a positive test for the virus by one of his body guards.[4]

On 23 April, the first death of a 76-year-old male was reported,[5] followed by a 69-year-old male later in the day. Both cases were in people taken to hospital and found to be infected after death. All those infected and in isolation remain in a stable condition.

On 24 April, a third death was reported of a 37-year-old male.

From 1 June, wearing of face masks became mandatory.[6] Also on this day, frontline workers declared a strike because of unpaid salaries.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sierra Leone". Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  2. "Sierra Leone confirms first case of COVID-19". WHO | Regional Office for Africa. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  3. "Sierra Leone has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, president says". Reuters. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-31 – via
  4. "Africa updates". BBC News.
  5. "The Ministry of Information and Communication".
  6. "Sierra Leone coronavirus: Compulsory wearing of face masks starts". Africanews. 10 July 2020.
  7. "Coronavirus Frontline Workers In Sierra Leone Declare Strike".