COVID-19 pandemic in Senegal
|COVID-19 pandemic in Senegal|
|Arrival date||2 March 2020|
(2 months, 4 weeks and 2 days)
|Confirmed cases||3,348 (as of 29 May) |
|Active cases||1,560 (as of 26 May)|
|Recovered||1,565 (as of 26 May)|
|36 (as of 26 May)|
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.
On 2 March 2020, a 54-year-old man from France was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Senegal, living in the Almadies Arrondissement of Dakar, having been tested positive at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar. He had travelled on Air Senegal on 29 February 2020. Senegal became the second Sub-Saharan country to report confirmed cases after Nigeria.
The second confirmed case of COVID-19 was a French expat who came to Dakar from France. They are quoted as being in a "comfortable" condition.
By 4 March, the number of cases rose to four, with both cases being foreign nationals. The first case was the wife of the first case in Senegal, who arrived in the country on 19 February. The other case was a Briton from London, who came to Senegal on 24 February.
Basketball Africa League postponed the start of their inaugural season on 6 March 2020, which would have taken place in Dakar. This came as fear mounted over religious events and travel, especially those related to the Grand Magal, a Mouride festivity which occurs in Touba.
On 10 March, Senegalese Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr told local press that the government would call off religious events if advised to do so. On the same day, a Senegalese national returning from Italy confirmed positive, becoming the fifth case in the country.
On 12 March, five more cases were announced in Senegal, which were family members of a confirmed case of the Senegalese national returning from Italy. One of the victims was in the holy city of Touba, despite many people being convinced by clerics that they were immune to the coronavirus.
As of 15 March, there were 24 confirmed cases in Senegal. Senegal imposed travel restrictions, banned cruise ships, and closed schools for three weeks in response to the coronavirus. They also banned public gatherings for a month, including Muslim and Christian pilgrimages.
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