2020 coronavirus pandemic in French Saint Martin

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

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


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]


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]


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  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.
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