For the First Time, Senegal Records Zero New COVID-19 Cases

For the first time since the pandemic began, Senegal recorded zero new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the health ministry said.

The health ministry has registered 73,875 cases and 1,873 deaths since the outbreak began. The West African country had its worst wave of coronavirus in July when it was recording more than 1,000 new cases a day.

The ministry said, sixteen patients are still under treatment,

Senegal has been seen as a positive example of a country managing COVID-19 well despite limited resources. The state began contact tracing and isolating cases early on. Mask mandates and curfews were enforced in the capital, Dakar.

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The vaccination rate remains low, with 1.3 million doses administered to the roughly 17 million population.

Dakar’s bustling markets and beachside bars have long ago returned to pre-pandemic levels of activity.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Senegal, indicating the lowest level of COVID-19.

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