COVID-19 pandemic in the Central African Republic

viral pandemic in the Central African Republic

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the Central African Republic in March 2020.

COVID-19 pandemic in the Central African Republic
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationCentral African Republic
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseBangui
Arrival date14 March 2020
(3 years, 2 months and 2 days)
Confirmed cases143 (as of 9 May)[1]
Recovered10 (as of 9 May)
0 (as of 9 May)

As of 9 April 2020, there were only three ventilators in the entire country.[2]

The country's first case was announced on 14 March, with the patient being identified as a 74-year-old Italian man who returned to the Central African Republic from Milan, Italy.[3]


  1. Centrafrique, O. M. S. (2020-05-09). "Le @MSPCentrafrique⁩ annonce 49 nouveaux cas de #COVID19 en #RCA ce qui amène à un total de 143 cas confirmés". @OMSCentrafrique (in French). Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  2. Smith, Emma (9 April 2020). "These countries have only a handful of ventilators". Devex.
  3. "Central African Republic confirms first coronavirus case -WHO". Reuters. 15 March 2020. Archived from the original on 15 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.