Kenya, Ghana, and Gabon, on Friday, reported their first confirmed circumstances of an infection with the brand new coronavirus.
In East Africa, Kenya reported one case on Friday, whereas in West Africa, Ghana reported two circumstances simply as Gabon mentioned it had logged one case.
This, nonetheless, raised the full variety of African international locations affected by the pandemic to 15.
In accordance with Kenyan Well being Minister, Mutahi Kagwe, the affected person is a Kenyan citizen who had not too long ago travelled to the U.S.
The Gabonese Well being Ministry mentioned that the contaminated individual in Gabon was a nation who had returned from a visit to Bordeaux, France on March 8.
The ministry added that Gabonese authorities had been within the means of tracing all contacts the affected person had since his arrival within the capital, Libreville.
In accordance with the Ghanaian Well being Ministry, each contaminated people returned from Norway and Turkey.
The Ghanaian Minister of Well being, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu mentioned that each sufferers had been at the moment being saved in isolation and had been secure.
“I want to guarantee all Ghanaians that the Authorities of Ghana along with all well being companions will proceed to work assiduously to make sure the state of affairs is contained,” he mentioned.
Well being Minister Eteni Longondo of Congo reported the nation’s second confirmed case of COVID-19, the respiratory illness attributable to the brand new virus, involving a Cameroonian nationwide who lives within the central African nation, who travelled to France.
Congo has already needed to cope with an outbreak of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever in its Japanese border area since mid-2018, although the final Ebola affected person was discharged from a remedy centre within the metropolis of Beni.
Nevertheless, consultants had thought of Africa to be at excessive threat in relation to the coronavirus as a result of continent’s shut financial ties with China the place the illness outbreak originated in December 2019.
The continent’s outbreak has thus far been restricted in contrast with these in Asia or Europe.
In the meantime, the World Well being Organisation recorded 129 circumstances of COVID-19 in 12 of Africa’s 54 international locations, with three casualties in Northern Africa, in comparison with greater than 125,000 confirmed circumstances globally.