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Coronavirus – UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 21: 4-18 September 2020


Situation overview

Since March 2020, a total of 2,280 COVID-19 confirmed cases were identified in Benin out of 132,787 tests conducted. The situation seems to stabilize, with 38 new cases identified in the last two weeks.

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No death related to COVID-19 were recorded in the reporting period. Fatality rate remains at 1.8% whilst the recovery rate is 85.7%, with 1,950 recovered cases.

Number of children under 18 infected by the virus represent 16.05% of all confirmed cases

Key updates

  • The most affected departments are all located in the former “cordon sanitaire”, namely, Littoral, Atlantique and Ouémé;
  • 94.5% of confirmed cases are locally acquired;
  • On 11 August 2020, 1st to 4th grade students returned to school after the extension of school holidays in April;
  • Compulsory wearing of face masks in public remain in place;
  • In addition to mandatory tests upon arrival, the Government announced on 1 September that PCR tests were now required for all passengers departing from Cotonou International Airport. A fee of 100,000 FCFA (180 US$) comprising all tests (arrival and departure) must be paid by all travelers.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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