Sierra Leone | The Last OIC African Country to Confirm Coronavirus Infections Reported Its First Death
 
The Last OIC African Country to Confirm Coronavirus Infections Reported Its First Death

 

The government of Sierra Leone confirmed the first COVID-19 death on 23 April 2020 of a 76-year-old man who died at a hospital in Freetown. Although the deceased was not one of the country’s confirmed cases infected by the novel coronavirus, a test carried out after he passed away showed he was COVID-19 positive. Hereby, all those who had direct contact with the deceased were traced and are being isolated.

Sierra Leone has been the last OIC country in Africa to confirm COVID-19 infections. The first case was reported on 31 March for a 37-year-old male who arrived in the country from France two weeks before that date. Since then, the number of cases increased daily at an average rate of 22.65% reaching 64 cases as of 23 April. On the same day, four patients recovered bringing to 10 the total recoveries in the West African country.