Djibouti COVID-19 Situation Report #2 1st April 2020

Originally published



• The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reached 34 as of 1 April. Multiple clusters of contacts have been identified through active tracing carried out by the authorities.

• Testing capacity is available, a quarantine site has been established and two more under preparation. A care center for severe cases has been set up in Arta, 40 km from the capital.
Additional support is required to bring to scale preparedness and response capacity.

• Since 23 March the authorities imposed a general lockdown, except for essential services.
Traffic has been restricted to minimum, and only allowed with administrative authorization.

• All passenger movement (aircraft/railway/boat) continue to be suspended since 18 March. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs restricted military and humanitarian flights with personnel until 3 April, a decision which is likely to be further extended. Civil and military cargo movements continue


As of 31 March 2020, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 34 cases of COVID-19 in Djibouti (one already returned to his native country). All cases have been recorded in or around the capital city.

Since 24 March car circulation has been restricted to minimum, and only allowed with administrative authorization. Armed forces, police and gendarmerie work hand and hand to facilitate the smooth running of general lockdown. Difficulties however exist for those vulnerable who do not have a fixed dwelling where to stay indoors, including the poorest families, migrants and street children, as well as those who have lost their jobs – mostly daily workers and those who work in the informal sector.

On 28 March, the President established a crisis committee, under the Prime Minister leadership. Subcommittees looking at the multidimensional aspects of the crisis are under finalization. Engagement is ongoing to ensure a full-fledged, optimized and coordinated use of existing assets in country and beyond, in view of the global nature of the crisis, which the UN are ready to support.

In addition to government funds and assets already deployed, on 31 March, the President launched an Emergency and Solidarity Fund with an initial state funding of 5.65 million USD and called for donations from international partners and public budgets to meet the multifaceted needs generated by COVID19 in country, including for patient care and the purchase of health equipment.