West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report

Burkina Faso

Uptick in new cases brings Burkina Faso above 1,000 total cases

  • First case: 9 March 2020

  • Total cases: 1070 (as of 22 July 2020)

  • Total deaths: 53

  • Schools: Closed

  • Borders/flights: Air borders reopening on 1 August, land and rail borders will remain closed until further notice.

  • Containment measures: Quarantine measures announced in March were adjusted and partially relaxed in early May. Curfew introduced from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. is still in place.

Situation: Burkina Faso reported 1,003 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 on 5 July (652 men and 351 women), with 96 new cases in the 15 days prior; a marked rise in new confirmed cases after a period in which few cases were reported, just 22 total in the preceding 15 days. Four regions currently have active confirmed cases, including Centre (Ouagadougou, from which the majority of cases have been reported), Sud Ouest, Haut Bassins and the Sahel region, where one active case has been reported in Gorom Gorom at the Essakane mining site (not in the general population).

The further spread among communities affected by the ongoing crisis, particularly the displaced population, could be catastrophic. Quarantine measures announced in March were adjusted and partially relaxed in early May. Land and air borders remain closed and restrictions may further affect supply chains.

Burkina Faso has minimal capacity to hospitalize and manage COVID-19 cases. In the northern and eastern regions, 1.6 million people have limited or no access to healthcare services. The adverse economic impacts will have consequences across all sectors, particularly in areas affected by insecurity and displacement. Increased food insecurity will lead to higher mortality and morbidity. Distance learning remains inaccessible to most children, especially in rural areas and for displaced and refugee children. The pandemic has put vaccination campaigns on hold, which could lead to further outbreaks, including of life-threatening diseases such as measles. Protection concerns are on the rise.


A National Pandemic Crisis Management Committee of COVID-19 has been set up in Burkina Faso.

The Burkina Faso COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project will strengthen the public health systems’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. It will increase emergency funding up to $4 million for the Health Services Reinforcement Project (PRSS), which supports efforts to protect health care workers and trace people who have come into contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Official links:

Comité national de gestion de la crise de la pandémie du COVID-19 au Burkina Faso: Réformer pour être plus efficace