COVID-19 pandemic in the British Indian Ocean Territory

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COVID-19 pandemic in the British Indian Ocean Territory
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Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location British Indian Ocean Territory
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China
Arrival dateNovember 2020 (1 year and 2 months ago)
Confirmed cases5 [1] [2]
Suspected cases0
Recovered2
Deaths
0
Suspected cases have not been confirmed by laboratory tests as being due to this strain, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

The COVID-19 pandemic in the British Indian Ocean Territory 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 Diego Garcia of the British Indian Ocean Territory in November 2020. [1] [2]

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Background

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] From 19 March, Public Health England no longer classified COVID-19 as a "High consequence infectious disease". [6]

Timeline

November 2020

In November 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed at Diego Garcia. [1]

December 2020

In December 2020, the second case, a close contact of the first case, was confirmed. [1]

May 2021

In May 2021, three more cases were confirmed from a flight. The personnel arrived at the island in April. [2]

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References

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