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Central African authorities confirm the country’s first death connected to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on May 23; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bangui). COUNTRY/REGION Central African Republic

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The Central African Ministry of Health confirmed the country's first death connected to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday, May 23. As of Sunday, May 24, health authorities have confirmed 552 cases of the virus nationwide and one associated death.

As of May 24, Bangui M'poko International Airport (BGF) remains indefinitely closed except for cargo flights, humanitarian flights, and government-authorized special and commercial flights. Travel between the capital Bangui and the rest of the country also remains prohibited.

Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.


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