Covid-19 cases start rearing up across Africa, curbs imposed

Cairo, March 18 (IANS) | Publish Date: 3/18/2020 12:38:54 PM IST

Egypt on Wednesday reported two more coronavirus deaths taking its toll to six, as virus cases began to be reported across Africa, which has so far been spared the brunt of the disease, reports said.

Egypt currently has 196 confirmed cases, the BBC reported. Tunisia, which has 24 cases and over 2,000 recent travellers in self-quarantine, has imposed a curfew 12 hours a day to try to curb the disease’s spread.

In South Africa, where there are 116 cases so far, over 1,700 people are confined in a cruise ship of Cape Town after six people with symptoms were taken ashore for testing.

Kenya confirmed three more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to seven. Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said all the cases are people who arrived from outside.

Tanzania’s Zanzibar has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said. The East African country currently has reported three cases. Burkina Faso has announced its first death from Covid-19, with authorities identifying the deceased as a diabetic woman aged 62. The West African nation has confirmed 26 cases.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ghana has increased to seven, but authorities said that all were recovering.

Nigeria has placed a travel ban on people coming from 13 countries worst affected by coronavirus as five new cases were recorded in the continent’s most-populous nation.



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