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09 Apr 2020 | 09:03 PM UTC

Djibouti: Authorities confirm first COVID-19 fatality April 9 /update 1

Djibouti’s Ministry of Health confirms the country’s first COVID-19-related fatality on April 9; further spread of the virus expected over the near term



On Thursday, April 9, the Ministry of Health in Djibouti confirmed the country's first fatality associated with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities also confirmed five new confirmed cases of the disease in the last 24 hours.

All commercial flights to and from the country have been suspended since Wednesday, March 18, in an attempt to prevent further spread of the ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak.

As of April 9, there are 140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Djibouti. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.


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 trouble 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.