2020 coronavirus pandemic in Equatorial Guinea

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Equatorial Guinea
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationEquatorial Guinea
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseMalabo
Arrival date14 March 2020
(2 weeks and 4 days)
Confirmed cases15
Recovered1
Deaths
0

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

Equatorial Guinea has a weak healthcare system, leaving it vulnerable to an outbreak.[1]

Timeline[edit]

The country's first case was announced on 14 March, a 42-year-old woman in Malabo, who returned to Equatorial Guinea from Madrid.[2]

On March 22, the country declared a state of alarm, which was needed to facilitate the mobilization of economic and material resources needed to stem the spread of coronavirus. A special emergency fund was also created to curb the virus.[3]

As of March 24, there were 9 cases in the country, all imported. There were no confirmed cases of community spread in the country at the time.[4]

Response[edit]

The Africa Oil & Investment Forum was postponed.[5]

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons waived fees for service companies in order to alleviate the economic fallout from the pandemic.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoff, Madison. "Here are the 24 countries that are least ready for a pandemic". Business Insider. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Equatorial Guinea announces first coronavirus case". Deccan Herald. 14 March 2020. Archived from the original on 15 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Equatorial Guinea declares state of alarm over COVID-19". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  4. ^ AfricaNews (24 March 2020). "Africa - Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic". Africanews. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ Qekeleshe, Sihle (6 March 2020). "Equatorial Guinea Postpones Investment Conference". Africa Oil & Power. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Equatorial Guinea offers Covid-19 relief to service outfits". Upstream Online | Latest oil and gas news. Retrieved 29 March 2020.