COVID-19 pandemic in Burundi

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COVID-19 pandemic in Burundi
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationBurundi
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseBujumbura
Arrival date31 March 2020
(2 months and 5 days)
Confirmed cases63 (as of 31 May)[1]
Active cases29 (as of 31 May)
Recovered33 (as of 31 May)
Deaths
1 (as of 31 May)

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Burundi on 1 April 2020.[2]

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.[3][4]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[5][6] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[7][5]

Timeline[edit]

COVID-19 cases in Burundi  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
Date
# of cases
deaths
2020-04-01
2(n.a.)
2020-04-02
3(+50%) 0
3(=)
2020-04-12
5(+60%) 0
2020-04-13
5(=) 1
5(=)
2020-04-20
5(=) 1
5(=)
2020-04-22
11(+120%) 1
11(=)
2020-05-02
15(+36%) 1
15(=)
2020-05-17
23(+53%) 1
2020-05-18
42(+82%) 1
42(=)
2020-05-30
63(+49%) 1
63(=)


March 2020[edit]

Burundi's Health Minister Thadée Ndikumana confirmed the country's first two cases of coronavirus disease 2019 on 31 March, Burundi nationals travelling back from Rwanda and Dubai respectively.[8]

April 2020[edit]

On 2 April, a further positive case was confirmed, a 26-year-old woman, while 22 other people tested negative.[9]

May 2020[edit]

On 12 May, the foreign ministry of Burundi addressed a letter to WHO's Africa headquarters, ordering four officials coordinating the coronavirus response to leave the country. The letter said the four individuals "are declared persona non grata and as such, must leave the territory of Burundi" by 15 May. The health minister reportedly accuses WHO of "unacceptable interference in [the country's] management of the coronavirus".[10]

Prevention[edit]

On 12 March, the government instituted 14-day quarantining for people entering Burundi from affected countries.[11][12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burundi Coronavirus: 63 Cases and 1 Deaths - Worldometer". www.worldometers.info. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Burundi confirms first 2 COVID-19 cases". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  3. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Coronavirus: Burundi's first cases, death in Botswana, Ghana's mass recoveries". Africa News. 1 April 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  9. ^ Burundi, IWACU (2 April 2020). "#Burundi Urgent Le ministre de la santé annonce le 3ème cas de covid-19. Une jeune fille de 26 ans. Le test pour 22 autres personnes a été négatif". @iwacuinfo (in French). Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  10. ^ Burundi expels WHO officials coordinating coronavirus response
  11. ^ "Burundi extends quarantine to travelers from U.S., Britain, Australia". China (Xinhua). 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Travelers to Burundi to be quarantined for coronavirus". Anadolu Agency. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.