Burkina Faso’s health ministry has confirmed two coronavirus cases – the first reported in the country.
The patients are a Burkinabè couple who recently returned from France in February, Health Minister Claudine Lougue told reporters.
The man is 73-years-old and the woman is 57. They tested positive for the virus on Monday and have been placed in isolation, authorities say.
A third person who was reportedly in close contact with the couple has been placed under observation.
Burkina Faso becomes the sixth sub-Saharan African country to report positive tests for coronavirus.
Latest figures indicate there are 100 confirmed coronavirus cases across Africa. They are as follows:
- Egypt – 55
- Algeria – 20
- South Africa – 7
- Tunisia – 5
- Senegal – 4
- Morocco – 2
- Cameroon – 2
- Burkina Faso – 2
- Nigeria – 2
- Togo –
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