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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Burundi

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Burundi by Kenyans247(1): Sat 18, April, 2020 05:06pm
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Burundi on 1 April 2020.
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.[1][2]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[3][4] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[5][3]

Timeline
COVID-19 cases in Burundi (vte)
Deaths Recoveries Active cases
Date
# of cases
deaths
2020-04-01 ​ 2(n.a.)
2020-04-02 ​ 3(+50%) 0
2020-04-12 ​ 5(+60%) 0
2020-04-13 ​​ 5(-) 1

Burundi's Health Minister Thadée Ndikumana confirmed the country's first two cases of coronavirus disease 2019 on 1 April, Burundi nationals travelling back from Rwanda and Dubai respectively.[6]

On 2 April, a further positive case was confirmed, a 26-year-old woman, while 22 other people tested negative.[7]

Prevention
On 12 March, the government instituted 14-day quarantining for people entering Burundi from affected countries.[8][9]

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