DAKAR, 1 January 2021 – Senegal on Thursday experienced its deadliest day of COVID-19, with eight fatalities, the highest number of victims since the virus first hit.

The first coronavirus case in Senegal was detected last March 2.

Senegal: Record Deaths from COVID

Health officials in the country said infections on Thursday hit a new daily record of 114.

Senegalese President Macky Sall has been warning fellow citizens to stick to the prevention guidelines to avoid a second wave wrose than the first.

Overall Senegal has recorded 19,140 cases with 410 fatalities and 17,254 recoveries from the infection.

Senegal has earned press in its aggressive and efficient approach to tackling the COVID-19 virus.

One article in the American daily USA Today, praised Senegal to returning COVID-19 tests within 24 hours; for transforming hotels into quarantine units and for accelerating research into finding low-cost ventilators.

Senegal, with a population of 16 million inhabitants, has done well on a relatively fragile health system that is served by seven doctors for 100,000 inhabitants.

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