2020 coronavirus pandemic in French Saint Martin

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Saint Martin
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSaint Martin
Arrival date1 March 2020
(1 month and 1 week)
Confirmed cases24
Recovered5
Deaths
2

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached the French overseas collectivity of Saint Martin in March 2020.

Background[edit]

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[1][2]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[3][4] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[5][3]

Timeline[edit]

March 2020[edit]

A couple from the French part of Saint Martin island were diagnosed with COVID-19 on 1 March. Their son, who lives on the neighbouring island of Saint Barthélemy, also tested positive.[6]

The collectivity's first death was recorded on March 26, after a 61-year-old died from breathing complications following a car accident. The patient tested positive for COVID-19 the following day.[7]

April 2020[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. ^ "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  5. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Coronavirus : premiers cas confirmés en Outre-mer, à Saint-Martin et Saint-Barth". Polynésie la 1ère (in French). Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Saint Martin records first coronavirus death". Loop News Barbados. Retrieved 31 March 2020.