Jul Last 15 days, On 2 March 2020, a 54-year-old man from France was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Senegal,[8] living in the Almadies Arrondissement of Dakar, having been tested positive at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar. The virus was confirmed to have reached Senegal on March 2, 2020. It will work like a pregnancy test, costing close to $1 (£.80) with results in just 10 minutes. Grenfell: 'My mother could have survived' Video, Grenfell: 'My mother could have survived', Capturing outback storms after years of drought. Earlier this year, it was announced that the akoin cryptocurrency would first launch in another smart city in Kenya, the Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC). On arrival passengers have their temperature taken. VideoCapturing outback storms after years of drought, The football fans missing their 'happy place'. By April, 43 countries on the African continent were able to diagnose Covid-19 effectively. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. "We're looking to help support the government and work with them. Senegal confirmed its first case of coronavirus disease on March 2, 2020. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Aug "Akoin is a companion to the Senegal national currency [the West African CFA franc]," Karas said. [7], Mar The spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was delayed in Africa and Latin America. Plans for both Akon City, a 2,000-acre development 60 miles to the south of Senegal's capital Dakar that Akon laid the first stone for last month, and the akoin tokens that will power it, were first revealed in 2018. [2][3], The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll. Mar "In Africa they leapfrogged computers and went straight to mobile; a trend that's also seen in Thailand and Vietnam.". The number of recovered patients increased to 12,231, leaving 2,379 active cases at the end of the month. The pilgrims queue for hours on the city's streets to get to the Grand Mosque and to a mausoleum of the brotherhood's founder. [31], Ongoing COVID-19 viral pandemic in Senegal, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, Center for Strategic and International Studies, COVID-19 pandemic by country and territory, Le Graffiti pour sauver des vies : l'art s'engage contre le coronavirus au Sénégal, "Senegal Coronavirus: 15,806 Cases and 329 Deaths - Worldometer", "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic? Senegal, which has a population of 16 million, has only had 15,000 positive cases and just over 300 deaths. The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way the world works, disrupting the status quo and greatly accelerating emerging trends. Last 15 days Its strategy for containing the virus has adapted and many patients with mild symptoms are now treated at home, with hospital staff monitoring their condition remotely and delivering medicine. 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. Across the road, you can see the blue basins that have been set up for handwashing in some public areas. May Higher levels of testing should also help with early diagnosis. In the acute coronavirus ward at Dakar's Fann hospital, Dr Oumar Kane monitors his last coronavirus patient dependent on a ventilator. In the early days of the pandemic, preventive measures were put in place including a state of emergency, full school closure and a night-time curfew. May [29], There were 697 new cases in October, bringing the total number of confirmed cases 15,616. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. [28], There were 1,108 new cases in September, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 14,919. Jun The virus was confirmed to have reached Senegal on March 2, 2020. "Akon City and the akoin cryptocurrency are much more necessary now," said Karas, speaking over the phone, adding the cryptocurrency will help "create better pathways, bank the unbanked, and create better, more sustainable, futures for the people of Senegal.". Tests for those with symptoms are free and results are released in eight hours. Nov He was Senegal's first case of Covid-19, the second reported case in sub-Saharan Africa. Jun [13] This came as fear mounted over religious events and travel, especially those related to the Grand Magal, a Mouride festivity which occurs in Touba. But back in March, when cases in Senegal first started to rise, Dr Kane remembers a very different situation. The song features famous Senegalese musician Youssou Ndour calling on people to stay at home and wash their hands. Oct [16] One of the victims was in the holy city of Touba, despite many people being convinced by clerics that they were immune to the coronavirus. Disclosure: I occasionally hold some small amount of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Despite warnings about the inadequacy of Senegal’s health care system, the country’s COVID-19 case numbers remain among the lowest per capita in … Her colleagues at the prestigious Institut Pasteur in the Dakar, which in February was one of just two laboratories in Africa that were able to test for coronavirus, trained staff from dozens of other countries on how to test. Jul Today the lab in Dakar's central Plateau district has a 24-hour operation and testing has been expanded across the country. (Redirected from 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Senegal) The COVID-19 pandemic in Senegal is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). However, Karas played down akoin's broader ambitions, mindful of the regulatory reaction to Facebook's plans for its maligned libra cryptocurrency that's been hobbled by governments around the world who feared the social media giant was biting off more than it could chew. Chris Krebs' reportedly angered Trump by running a website debunking election misinformation. While posters around the capital show the leader of the community calling on followers to wear face masks, gathering such a large number of worshippers in one place will be a crucial test as the country seeks to maintain the progress made so far. It was only at the insistence of his mother, who worked at a hospital, that he was tested and diagnosed with coronavirus - along with 60 of his call centre colleagues. Senegal, like many other African countries, has asked visitors to produce a negative Covid-19 certificate, dated no more than a week before travel. There are also colourful murals on the walls of Senegal's oldest university calling on students to share the right coronavirus prevention techniques with their classmates, rather than sharing coronavirus. The death toll rose to 309. The death toll was 9. This page includes a chart with historical data for Senegal Coronavirus Cases. Apr Sep Cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, are being looked to by some high-profile investors in the aftermath of unprecedented government spending this year—designed to offset the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. As cases continued to increase, reaching 11,003 (66% of those recovered) and 229 deaths on 8 August, Senegal's Minister of the Interior announced new restrictions including an emphasis on mandatory use of masks in closed spaces, a ban on gatherings at beaches, sports grounds, public spaces and theatres as well as prohibition of all demonstrations on the public highway, especially in the Dakar region. On the same day, a Senegalese national returning from Italy confirmed positive, becoming the fifth case in the country. The number of recovered patients increased to 14,853, leaving 439 active cases at the end of the month. They are quoted as being in a "comfortable" condition. 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"This is going to be a green, smart city," Karas said. The number of recovered patients increased to 4431, leaving 2250 active cases at the end of the month. [20], By the end of the month there had been 175 confirmed cases, 40 of whom recovered while 135 remained active cases at the end of the month. [11] The first case was the wife of the first case in Senegal, who arrived in the country on 19 February. A global Covid-19 response index by Foreign Policy magazine gave Senegal the highest possible score for its communication strategy - and top musicians too joined the effort to inform people. [23], During May there were 2712 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3645. Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies praised Senegal's handling of the pandemic, second-best in the world (after New Zealand). To minimise contact, cameras from the ward link up to a television screen outside. The number of recovered patients increased to 334, leaving 590 active cases at the end of the month. A whitepaper for the akoin cryptocurreny token was published in March and detailed what it describes as "atomic swaps" between cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies, and mobile phone credits, which are widely used across Africa. "It's about tapping these young and innovative populations," Karas said. ", The number of recorded daily cases has been broadly decreasing since mid-August. [10], By 4 March, the number of cases rose to four, with both cases being foreign nationals. Nov Today all of Senegal's 14 regions are equipped to treat coronavirus patients and there are now just 26 patients remaining on ventilators across Senegal. The Institut Pasteur has been crucial to this effort, with its chief virologist Amadou Sall partnering with UK-based firm Mologic to develop two home test kits: Dr Sall says the manufacturing of the antibody test has already begun and they should be released in the coming weeks. "Millions of people across Africa are likely to lose their jobs with many potentially forced into extreme poverty due to the coronavirus pandemic," said Karas. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Despite only having seven doctors for every 100,000 people, Senegal has been widely praised for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 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Ibrahima Diop, a 29-year-old telemarketer in Dakar, fell ill in April and was initially treated for malaria. So far, these measures seem to have worked, with low levels of imported cases. There were 3,888 active cases at the end of the month, representing an increase of 20% from the end of July. Senegal: 10-minute coronavirus test may be on its way – for $1. .css-8h1dth-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-8h1dth-Link:hover,.css-8h1dth-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Senegal recorded 15720 Coronavirus Cases since the epidemic began, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As the founding editor of Verdict.co.uk I reported on how technology is changing business, political trends, and the latest culture and lifestyle. After Trump, what will Biden do about Iran? The 58-year-old has been treated there for just over a week - he is diabetic. Senegal and announced potential plans for Akon City in 2019. Coronavirus in Senegal: Keeping Covid-19 at bay 4 October Despite only having seven doctors for every 100,000 people, Senegal has been widely praised for its handling of the coronavirus … The BBC's Mayeni Jones and Naomi Scherbel-Ball look at how the country has managed to keep Covid-19 in check. ", I am a journalist with significant experience covering technology, finance, economics, and business around the world. "The problem was we only had 10 beds with ventilators and there were moments when there was pressure on the list, which meant that we would receive calls asking for a bed and we couldn't receive the patient. I have worked and written for CityAM, the Financial Times, and the New Statesman, amongst others. [18] Senegal imposed travel restrictions, banned cruise ships, and closed schools for three weeks in response to the coronavirus. I am a journalist with significant experience covering technology, finance, economics, and business around the world. The Pasteur Institute in Senegal says it is close to producing an affordable, handheld Covid-19 diagnostic test kit that can give results in a matter of minutes. One to test if someone currently has the virus, similar to the currently used lab-based PCR swab tests, The other to check if someone has developed antibodies for coronavirus from a previous infection. [23] Senegal has reported 1,886 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths. [6][4] Model-based simulations for Senegal suggest that the 95% confidence interval for the time-varying reproduction number R t has been stable below 1.0 since August 2020. Akoin, built on top of the Stellar (XLM) network—in addition to payments between Akon City locals and businesses—will help the city use blockchain technology for everything from taxes to transportation. [8] Senegal became the second Sub-Saharan country to report confirmed cases after Nigeria. © 2020 BBC. When international flights re-opened in July, there were concerns that there would be a spike in cases. Read about our approach to external linking. The death toll rose to 205. "It's forcing us to get more creative.". In June, Akon released a number of concept images showing what the cryptocurrency-powered Akon City ... [+] could look like when it's completed in around 10 years time. The number of recovered patients increased to 1801, leaving 1802 active cases at the end of the month. You may opt-out by. Last month, a special envoy to the World Health Organization warned that the world was still at the "beginning" of the pandemic, and, while much of Africa has so far been spared a high Covid-19 mortality rate, the economic and financial impact is taking its toll. [19], On 23 March, Senegal declared a state of emergency. "We worried that we lacked equipment, for the treatment of coronavirus there were just 12 beds with limited oxygen supplies for the whole country.". Britain’s economy is set for a pre-Christmas slump with further job losses and shop closures, despite government measures to protect businesses during the latest Covid-19 restrictions. Aug [27], There were 3,379 new cases in August, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 13,611. Meanwhile, Karas is developing plans to expand akoin to other countries and cities in Africa and even into Southeast Asia. In addition, Senegal reported 326 Coronavirus Deaths . R&B star Akon, who claims to have been a cryptocurrency fan for years, spent his early childhood in ... [+] Senegal and announced potential plans for Akon City in 2019. Akon City organizers signed a $6 billion construction contract with U.S. engineering firm KE International in June this year and have said they plan to complete the project by 2030. "That demand continued for around three weeks, until other hospitals were equipped. A Major Tesla Investor Has Predicted Bitcoin Will Be Worth More Than $1 Trillion In Under 10 Years.

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