Coronavirus in Africa: Egypt records first death as Nigeria uncovers another case.

Since January 7, 2020, over 100,000 cases of COVID-19 has been uncovered in over 80 countries across the globe. Even though it appeared to be more of a western plague at the onset, African countries haven’t been left out out this deadly pandemic. As of March 9, Egypt (48), Algeria (17), Senegal (4), South Africa (3), Morocco (2), Cameroon (2), Tunisia (2), Nigeria (2) and Togo (1) have recorded a total of 81 cases.

A 60 year-old male German tourist who arrived in Egypt on 02/March/20 was pronounced dead in yesterday, marking the continent’s first Covid-19 fatality. According to Egypt’s health ministry, the unnamed victim tested positive for the virus on Friday, after which he resisted efforts to be moved to an isolation unit. He witnessed his condition worsen amid breathing complications. Egypt has confirmed more cases over the weekend, stemming from a cruise ship in Luxor, with 45 people aboard. The country’s health ministry says the infected ship passengers have since been quarantined in an isolation facility.

On March 8, Nigeria’s health minister Osagie Ehanire announced that a Nigeria had tested positive to Covid-19. The Ogun-state resident had been in contact with the Italian who brought the virus into the country, and one of the 40 persons closely monitored at the isolation facility. Ehanire noted that there are 40 persons in Ogun and 20 in Lagos who are all under isolation and have remained free of any symptoms since. “Nevertheless, the Federal Ministry of Heath following best practice decided to test these persons for possible presence of coronavirus in their systems”. On the 8th of Mach, scientists confirmed the presence of coronavirus in one of the contacts.

Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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