22 June 2020
Fight Against COVID-19
Issued on: 2020-06-22
Format: Mini Sheet
Printing: Offset lithography
Denominations: 9 x 400 Central African francs
Although this issue was authorized by the Central African Postal Service through their contract with the Stamperija agency, it was not sold in Central Africa, but only distributed to novelty dealers by Stamperija.
Other COVID-19 releases by Central African Republic:
- 27 April 2020: The Red Cross Against COVID-19
- 27 April 2020: Stop COVID-19!
- 27 April 2020: The Penny Black Against COVID-19
Plus, the following which have been seen on various social media sites and sold on eBay, Delcampe, etc. Further details including release dates are not (yet) known:
The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the Central African Republic in March 2020. The country’s first case was announced on 14 March, with the patient being identified as a 74-year-old Italian man who returned to the Central African Republic from Milan, Italy.
There were six confirmed cases in March, with no recoveries and no deaths.
In April there were 44 new cases, raising the total number of cases to 50. Ten patients recovered, leaving 40 active cases at the end of the month.
On 23 May 2020, the first death in the Central African Republic occurred. There were 961 new cases in May, raising the total number of cases to 1011. The death toll was 2 while the number of recovered patients increased to 23, leaving 986 active cases at the end of May.
In June there were 2734 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 3745. The death toll rose to 47. The number of recovered patients increased to 787, leaving 2911 active cases at the end of the month.
There were 863 new cases in July, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4608. The death toll rose to 59. The number of recovered patients more than doubled to 1606, leaving 2943 active cases at the end of the month.
There were 103 new cases in August, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4711. The death toll rose to 62. There were 2859 active cases at the end of the month (a decrease by 3% from the end of July).
There were 118 new cases in September, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4829. The death toll remained unchanged. The number of recovered patients increased to 1914, leaving 2853 active cases at the end of the month.
There were 37 new cases in October, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4866. The death toll remained unchanged. The number of recovered patients increased to 1924, leaving 2880 active cases at the end of the month.
NOTE: The Central African Republic’s stamp releases are currently managed by Stamperija, a stamp issuing agency based in Vilnius, Lithuania, that controls the stamp design and production for many countries in Africa and a few other locations. Like other agencies such as the Inter-Governmental Postal Corporation (IGPC), Stamperija issues a great quantity of stamps bearing the names of their “clients” (countries and territories) many of which depict themes of little to no relevance to those locations. Many of the stamp issues tend to be high denominations that never are used in the entities whose names are printed on the stamps.
As a result, many traditional philatelists do not care for these stamps. I believe there are collectors out there who do collect some of these items although the sheer numbers released are overwhelming to say the least. I will include these issues on Philatelic Pursuits for the sake of completeness but will pick-and-choose from topicals that interest me first before I strive for completion.