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.