May 15: Eritrea officially virus-free with 100% recoveries, no death
Eritrea has officially declared itself virus-free after all 39 patients successfully recovered from COVID-19. A Ministry of Health statement said the 39th patient had been discharged from hospital as of today.
As of May 8, there were only two active cases, one of which was discharged on the 11th before today’s final recovery and discharge.
Eritrea follows the likes of Mauritania and Mauritius who have recorded full recoveries. Mauritania have since recorded new cases.
Eritrea is also among a handful of African countries that have not recorded deaths as of May 15, others are Madagascar, Central Africa Republic, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Lesotho, Rwanda and Uganda.
Total confirmed cases = 39
Total recoveries = 39
Total deaths = 0
Active cases = 0
Figures valid as of close of day May 15, 2020
Announcement from Health Ministry – FULL TEXT
One patient has recovered fully after standard tests at the National Laboratory and was released from hospital today.
This result means that all 39 confirmed cases in the country to-date have recovered fully.
But as underlined last week, this important milestone should not induce complacency at this point in time.
Indeed, it is vital that every citizen continue to fully adhere to, and diligently implement, the GOE Guidelines in force until the ongoing task of detailed and comprehensive assessment to gauge the spread of the pandemic in the entire country with full certainty is accomplished.
May 11: Eritrea with one active case
The Ministry of Health announced on Monday another full recovery bringing the tally to 38 out of 39. “One patient has recovered fully after tests at National Laboratory & was released from hospital today;” the May 11 statement read.
With the total number of confirmed cases in country to-date still at 39, Eritrea currently has one active case. Government is however stressing the need to continue observing regulations in force by the task force.
“But this important milestone should not induce complacency. The grave threat of the pandemic has not been eradicated. We are not out of the woods yet.
“In the event, we urge every citizen to continue to fully adhere to, and diligently implement, the GOE Guidelines in force until the ongoing task of detailed & comprehensive assessment to gauge the spread of the pandemic in the entire country with full certainty is accomplished,” it added.