Has Eritrea been harder hit by Covid pandemic than government making public?

The Eritrean Ministry of Health accepts that the Covid-19 pandemic is on a rising trend. [See article below]

But is it more serious than this cautious announcement suggests?

Britain has just added Eritrea to its “Red List” – the highest, requiring the strictest quarantine system for anyone arriving from Eritrea in the UK.

The graph from Our World in Data suggests a clear upward trend but it is based on official information.

How reliable is this? Given the number of Eritrean troops now fighting in Ethiopia, and the travel and close contact that this involves, the rise may not be surprising.


Announcement from the Ministry of Health

Sixty-one patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out today at Quarantine Centers in the Central, Anseba, and Southern Red Sea Regions.

Out of these, forty-one patients are from Quarantine Centers in Asmara, Central Region. Nineteen patients are from the Quarantine Centers in Keren, Anseba Region. The last patient is from Quarantine Center in Idi, Southern Red Sea Region.

On the other hand, 69 patients who have been receiving medical treatment in hospitals in the Central (58) and Northern Red Sea (11) Regions have recovered fully and have been discharged from these facilities.

The total number of recovered patients to-date has accordingly risen to 5147, while the number of deaths stands at 21.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date has increased to 5,664.

Ministry of Health

24 June 2021

One comment

  1. The Eritrean government is responsible for the rising Covid-19 pandemic trend in Eritrea. This same government has deliberately caused the collapse of the health service in the country by demolishing intentionally hospitals and clinks in rural and semi urban centers. Even the health facilities in rural areas are purposely made dysfunctional. Moreover, basic needs such as food, water etc in Eritrea are inadequate as a result of government’s wrong development strategies and policies of the government.

    In a country where no functional health facilities exist and basic human needs are not sufficiently provided, the risk for contracting Covid-19 is extremely high and this is what is happening in Eritrea now.

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