30 May 2020
The Penny Black Against COVID-19
Issued on: 2020-05-30
Format: Mini Sheet
Printing: Offset lithography
Denominations: 6 x 550 Central African francs
Although this issue was authorized by the Chad postal administration through its contract with the Stamperija agency, it was not sold in Chad, but was only distributed for distribution on the novelty market.
The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Chad in March 2020.
On 19 March, Chadian authorities reported their first case, a Moroccan passenger who flew from Douala.
On 26 March, with three cases already reported, Chadian authorities reported two additional positive cases. The cases were a 48-year-old Chadian and a 55-year-old Cameroonian passenger on a 17 March Ethiopian Airlines flight from Dubai and Brussels, respectively, via Addis Ababa.
On 30 March, two more cases of COVID-19 were reported, a Chadian citizen from Douala and a Swiss citizen from Brussels.
In total in March, 7 cases were confirmed with no deaths. As there were no recoveries in March, the number of active cases at the end of the month was 7.
On 2 April, Chad registered a new case of COVID-19, a Chadian who traveled from Dubai via Abuja.
On 3 April, a new case of COVID-19 was registered, a French citizen who traveled from Brussels via Paris.
On 6 April, Chad recorded its first case of local contamination, a 31-year-old Chadian who was in contact with another Chadian who had diagnosed positive.
On 9 April, health officials reported a new case of virus infection, a 59-year-old Chadian who arrived on March 25 in N’Djamena. The man was returning from Pakistan, via Cameroon, having reached N’Djamena by land. The man continued his journey to Abéché where he was finally quarantined on 4 April. The test was declared positive on 8 April.
During April there were 66 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 73. Two deaths were reported on 28 April and three more on 30 April, bringing the total death toll to five. 33 patients recovered, leaving 35 active cases at the end of the month.
In May there were 705 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 778. The death toll rose to 65. There were 458 new recoveries, raising the total number of recovered patients to 491. At the end of the month there were 222 patients representing active cases.
During June there were 88 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 866. The death toll rose by 9 to 74. There were 290 more recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 781. At the end of June there were 11 active cases.
There were 70 new cases in July, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 936. The death toll rose to 75. The number of recovered patients increased by 32 to 813, leaving 48 active cases at the end of the month.
There were 77 new cases in August, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 1013. The death toll rose to 77. At the end of the month there were 56 active cases.
There were 180 new cases in September, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1193. The death toll rose to 85. The number of recovered patients increased to 1007, leaving 101 active cases at the end of the month.
There were 306 new cases in October, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1499. The death toll rose to 98. The number of recovered patients increased to 1330, leaving 71 active cases at the end of the month.
As a preventive measure, the government cancelled all flights into the country, except for cargo flights.
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.