Coronavirus: Four countries in Africa record New Cases, Antarctica Remains the Only Continent Free of the Virus

Illustration of Coronavirus
Illustration of Coronavirus

Few days after Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa confirmed its first case of the dreaded coronavirus also known as COVID-19, Four other Africa countries – Tunisia, Senegal, Egypt and Algeria confirmed fresh cases of the virus.

As it stands, only five people have been confirmed to be carriers of the dreaded virus within the continent of Africa and most of them are foreigners from France, Italy and China, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Recall that Egypt was the first country in Africa to report its first suspected case of the coronavirus. The suspected case later tested negative. A fellow North Africa country, Algeria was next but its case was confirmed positive making it the first country in Africa to have a confirmed case of the virus.

Nigeria was next in line to entertain the unwanted visit of the virus when an Italian man arrived in the country with the virus. The Italian is however recovering.

When Egypt thought its business with the Coronavirus was over, another foreigner was tested positive of the virus during the weekend. Egypt’s health ministry announced this via its official Facebook page.

In the case of Tunisia, its health Minister, Abdelatif el-Maki in a press conference on Monday, March 2, 2020, announced that a Tunisian man who came in from Italy tested positive for the virus.

Also, Senegal’s Minister of Health, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr announced that a French man had brought the disease to the country and he is under observation at an Institute in Dakar.

As it stands, the coronavirus has touched six out of the seven continents of the world. The only continent the coronavirus has not visited is Antarctica, a continent with an ice-covered landmass. The continent has no known country but inhabited by 1000 to 5000 people mostly researchers, explorers and tourists.

Meanwhile, as of Monday, March 2, 2020, over 89,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed and over 3, 000 deaths have been recorded globally, the majority in China. The virus has been confirmed in 66 countries, with more than 8,800 cases and 130 deaths outside China.

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