COVID-19 pandemic in Niger

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COVID-19 pandemic in Niger
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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Niger by region, as of 3 October 2020
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Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Niger
First outbreak Wuhan, China
Index case Niamey
Arrival date19 March 2020
(1 year, 8 months, 1 week and 5 days)
Confirmed cases7,007 [1] (updated 1 December 2021)
Deaths
259 [1] (updated 1 December 2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic in Niger is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was confirmed to have reached Niger in March 2020. Amnesty International reported that journalists have been arrested over reporting about the pandemic. [2]

Contents

Background

COVID-19 Response in Niger from International Organization for Migration.

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

March 2020

On 19 March, the first case in the country was confirmed in Niamey, being a 36-year-old man from Nigeria. He had travelled to Lomé, Accra, Abidjan, and Ouagadougou. [8]

Following this announcement, the airports in Niamey and Zinder were closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. [8]

A third case was confirmed to be a Brazilian woman who entered the country on 16 March. [9]

Niger reported a total of seven cases on March 25, including the first death related to COVID-19 in the country on 24 March. The death occurred in Niamey, being a 63-year-old Nigerian national. [10]

There were 34 confirmed cases and 3 deaths in March, leaving 31 active cases at the end of the month. [11]

April 2020

In April there were 685 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 719. The death toll rose by 29 to 32. There were 452 recoveries during the month, leaving 235 active cases at the end of the month. [12]

May 2020

On 5 May 2020, Nigerien public television station Télé Sahel announced that Nigerien Labor Minister Mohamed Ben Omar had died from COVID-19. [13]

During May, there were 239 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 958. The death toll doubled to 64. There were 387 more recoveries in May, raising the number of recovered patients to 839. At the end of the month there were 55 active cases. [14]

June 2020

There were 117 new cases in June, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1075. The death toll rose by three to 67. There were 284 more recoveries in June, raising the number of recovered patients to 943. At the end of the month there were 65 active cases, an increase by 20% from the end of May. [15]

July 2020

There were 61 new cases in July, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1136. The death toll rose by two to 69. There were 85 more recoveries in July, raising the total number of recovered patients to 1028. At the end of the month there were 39 active cases, a decrease by 40% from the previous month. [16]

August 2020

There were 40 new cases in August, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1176. The death toll remained unchanged. There were 19 active cases at the end of the month. [17]

September 2020

There were 20 new cases in September, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1196. The death toll remained unchanged. The number of recovered patients increased to 1107, leaving 20 active cases at the end of the month. [18]

October 2020

There were 24 new cases in October, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1220. The death toll remained unchanged. The number of recovered patients increased to 1137, leaving 14 active cases at the end of the month. [19] Model-based simulations indicate that the 95% confidence interval for the time-varying reproduction number R t exceeded 1.0 in October and November. [20]

November 2020

There were 328 new cases in November, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 1548. The death toll rose to 72. The number of recovered patients increased to 1210, leaving 266 active cases at the end of the month. [21]

December 2020

There were 1,720 new cases in December, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 3,268. The death toll rose to 104. The number of recovered patients increased to 1,802, leaving 1,362 active cases at the end of the month. [22]

Issaka Assane Karanta, 75, Governor of Niamey Capital District (since 2018), died of COVID-19 on 24 December. [23]

January 2021

There were 1,249 new cases in January, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 4,517. The death toll rose to 159. The number of recovered patients more than doubled to 3,755, leaving 603 active cases at the end of the month. [24]

February 2021

There were 223 new cases in February, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 4,740. The death toll rose to 172. The number of recovered patients increased to 4,250, leaving 318 active cases at the end of the month. [25]

March 2021

Niger's vaccination campaign began on 29 March. There were 281 new cases in March, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 5,021. The death toll rose to 187. The number of recovered patients increased to 4,641, leaving 193 active cases at the end of the month. [26]

April 2021

There were 205 new cases in April, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 5,226. The death toll rose to 191. The number of recovered patients increased to 4,851, leaving 184 active cases at the end of the month. [27]

May 2021

There were 184 new cases in May, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 5,410. The death toll rose to 192. The number of recovered patients increased to 5,083, leaving 135 active cases at the end of the month. [28]

June 2021

There were 78 new cases in June, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 5,488. The death toll rose to 193. The number of recovered patients increased to 5,206, leaving 89 active cases at the end of the month. [29]

July 2021

There were 149 new cases in July, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 5,637. The death toll rose to 195. The number of recovered patients increased to 5,345, leaving 97 active cases at the end of the month. [30]

August 2021

There were 212 new cases in August, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 5,849. The death toll rose to 199. The number of recovered patients increased to 5,538, leaving 112 active cases at the end of the month.

September 2021

There were 159 new cases in September, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 6,008. The death toll rose to 201. The number of recovered patients increased to 5,754, leaving 53 active cases at the end of the month. [31]

October 2021

There were 368 new cases in October, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 6,376. The death toll rose to 213. The number of recovered patients increased to 6,006, leaving 157 active cases at the end of the month. [32]

November 2021

There were 631 new cases in November, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,007. The death toll rose to 259. The number of recovered patients increased to 6,613, leaving 135 active cases at the end of the month. [33]

Statistics

Confirmed new cases per day

Confirmed deaths per day

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