Coronavirus now confirmed in 34 African Countries;- WHO…….More than 700 cases of COVID19 have been confirmed in 34 countries in Africa as of 20 March, compared with 147 cases about one week ago. As at March 20, the WHO’s COVID-19 website record showed that cases on the continent was heading for the 800 mark. Of particular concern is cases in South Africa that have been leaping, at last count at 150 only behind Egypt.
Burkina Faso has entered the top four with 40 cases dislodging Tunisia’s 39 whiles Senegal has now reached 38 cases. Records indicate that some 69 people have also recovered. The highest being 32 people in Egypt.
Seventeen people have died with the most recent case being in Algeria. The country has recorded seven deaths, Egypt has six, Morocco with two and Burkina Faso and Sudan with one each.
Coronavirus now Confirmed in 34 African Countries
On Thursday, Nigeria’s federal government ordered all universities to be shut amid fears that the pandemic could spread. Primary and other schools had been shut at the state and federal levels whiles places of worship had also been asked to remain closed.
Niger is the latest country to record an index case. It leaves Mali, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau in the privileged bracket of unaffected West African countries.
Suggested cases in African countries
- Zimbabwe records index case
- Rwanda cases reach 17
- Cases in South Africa jump to 202
- Togo index patient recovers
- Gabon records death
- Cape Verde records index case
- Niger records index case
- Nigeria shuts all universities
- 760+ cases, 17 deaths, 49 recoveries
- South Africa, Nigeria record increases
- Mauritius records first cases
- Africa could be having unreported or underreported cases – WHO said
- Zambia, Djibouti, Gambia record index cases
- Zimbabwe declares COVID-19 national crisis, outlines measures
- Ethiopia, Kenya record new cases
- Flurry of restrictions across the continent
- Nigeria, Rwanda, Burkina Faso record new cases
- Ethiopia – Ali Baba coronavirus support
- Ethiopia records jumbo figure in contact tracing
- Flights banned, borders closed
- Thirty African countries infected
How can I protect myself from coronavirus?
- Regular and thorough hand washing is crucial in the fight to avoid picking up the disease, health agencies say.
- Coronavirus spreads from person to person via droplets, such as those produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Coughing and sneezing into tissues, not touching your face with unwashed hands, and trying to avoid close contact with infected people are important.
How deadly is coronavirus
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