103 coronavirus infections in 10 African countries so far

On Monday afternoon, there were at least 103 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in 9 African countries –Togo, Cameroon, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Burkina Faso – as infections surpassed 118,000 worldwide. Coronavirus causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19.

In Algeria, there were 20 cases of coronavirus infection, 16 of them in the same family. Egypt has reported 59 cases. There were also four people infected in Senegal, seven in South Africa, three in Morocco, two in Cameroon, two in Nigeria, five in Tunisia and one in Togo, and two in Burkina Faso, according to virus track

A Nigerian had also tested positive for coronavirus in the United States, Washington D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser announced at a news conference on Saturday night.

Coronavirus in Africa as of Monday, March 10, 2020

20 Algeria3 Morocco1 Togo
59 Egypt7 South Africa2 Nigeria
4 Senegal2 Cameroon5 Tunisia
2 Burkina Faso
coronavirus tracker Johns Hopkins 
coronavirus tracker by Johns Hopkins

Coronavirus in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso on Monday March 9, 2020, reported its first two cases of coronavirus, authorities said.

Health Minister Claudine Lougue told reporters that the two patients, a husband and wife, had recently returned to Burkina Faso from a trip to France.

They have been isolated.

Coronavirus in Nigeria

A second person has tested positive for coronavirus in Nigeria, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Monday, almost two weeks after Africa’s most populous country reported its first confirmed coronavirus case on February 28, 2020.

The second person had contact with an Italian who traveled from Milan to Nigeria’s most populous city of Lagos and tested positive for coronavirus on February 27, NCDC said.

“This second case is a contact of the index case, in Ogun state. The new case has been in isolation and was tested as part of our strategy to test all contacts of the index case,” NCDC tweeted.

The 44-year old Italian citizen tested positive for COVID-19 in Lagos State. The
case was the first to be reported in Nigeria since the first confirmed case was reported from China.

The Italian and the Nigerian citizen, who remain isolated, had contact in Ogun state, western Nigeria, where the Italian visited a company for business.

On Sunday, NCDC said a total of 26 suspected cases, including three new cases, were identified in five Nigerian states, including Edo, Lagos, Ogun, FCT and Kano, out of which 25 have tested negative and been ruled out, while one (1) was confirmed
positive (index case) with no death. The index case refers to the Italian who tested positive on February 27.

NCDC said a total of 217 contacts were linked to the index case comprising of four contacts at the airport, four at the hotel, 40 at the workplace and 169 from the airline (Table 2).

“Of the 217, 45 travelled out of Nigeria and 172 are presently in Nigeria. Of the 172 in Nigeria, 69 are in Lagos, 40 in Ogun and 52 are in 10 States (Akwa Ibom, Anambra,
Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Imo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, and Rivers) and 11 in unknown current
location,” NCDC said.

Coronavirus in Cameroon

Cameroon on Saturday confirmed its second case of coronavirus which causes a potentially deadly respiratory disease known as COVID-19. Authorities said the person was quarantined in a Yaounde hospital.

Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie said the patient is a Cameroonian who was in close contact with a 58-year-old French national who arrived in the capital Yaounde on February 24 and tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.

“Both patients have been isolated at the Yaounde Central Hospital and are currently receiving adequate treatment,” the minister said in a statement.

Malachie urged Cameroonians to be more vigilant and talk a health worker if they had traveled out of the country recently or had been in close contact with a traveler from countries affected by coronavirus.

Coronavirus in Togo

The Togolese government announced on Friday a 42-year old woman had tested positive to coronavirus which causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19.

The government said in a statement that the resident of Lome, the capital of Togo, had visited Benin, Germany, France and Turkey in late February and early March. The patient is stable and in isolation.

Coronavirus in South Africa

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, seven people had tested positive for coronavirus in South Africa.

Read previous story as of Sunday.

Three people have now tested positive for coronavirus in South Africa, the government announced on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in nine African countries to 44.

The South African minister of health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, said in a statement that the third person to test positive for coronavirus was the wife of the man who first tested positive there few days ago.

South Africa had on Saturday confirmed a 39-year-old woman who had traveled to Italy in a group of 10 people had tested positive for coronavirus.

She was the second person in South Africa to test positive for the virus after a 38-year-old man who traveled to Italy with his her, his wife and seven other persons, tested positive for the virus.

The minister of health said the wife of that man has now also tested positive and all other people who made the trip to Italy with them were also being tested, except one person who did not return to South Africa.

The second person to test positive for coronavirus in South Africa, is a woman, originally from the inland province of Gauteng, had come into direct contact with the first case from Kwa Zulu-Natal when they traveled back from Italy in a group of 9 on March 1.

The government said of the 10 persons who traveled to Italy, 9 returned to South Africa while one did not.

Contact tracing and tests were underway.

The confirmation of South Africa’s first case prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to warn that coronavirus may turn into a national crisis with huge impact.

President Ramaphosa urged his countrymen not to panic and to get immediate medical help if they have symptoms of Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.

A newspaper quoted him as saying the effect of coronavirus will be big in South Africa and the country will need to be prepared.

He said it will affect travel, and other areas of business, adding that the economy was already feeling a negative impact.

Coronavirus in Egypt

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at least 59 people had tested positive to coronavirus.

Read previous story as of Monday March 9, 2020

There are now 55 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in Egypt, up from 15 over the weekend.

On Friday, the health ministry in Egypt announced 12 new coronavirus cases in the country, bring the total number of those infected to 15. But since then, the number of those infected has reached 55.

The ministry said in a statement on Friday the 12 new cases of coronavirus were detected among staff on board a cruise ship on the Nile River in the south of the country.

It said the 12 persons were not showing any sign of the disease as the cruise ship traveled from Aswan to Luxor, two tourist sites in Upper Egypt.

Authorities said they were alerted after a Taiwanese tourist “of American origin” who had traveled on the boat was found to be the source of the spread of the disease, according to the joint statement with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Authorities said the 12 Egyptians employees have tested positive and have been quarantined.

Other tourists who came into contact with the Taiwanese tourist were also quarantined, according to the press release.

Coronavirus in Algeria

In Algeria, there are now 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, up from 17 last Wedneaday.

Health ministry said on Wednesday the coronavirus had infected nine more members of a family in Blida province.

Blida province is located about 20 miles south the capital Algiers. The announcement on Wednesday brought to 16 the number of people within the family to be infected.

Local and international reports said a man and his daughter, who lived in France, had visited the family last month, and had tested positive for the coronavirus when they flew back to France.

The other case of coronavirus reported in Algeria was that of an Italian, who was sent back home. In all, there were 17 reported cases of coronavirus on Friday morning.

On Monday morning, the number of those infected quickly climbed to 20.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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