Burkina Faso confirms two coronavirus cases

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

Reposting from BBC News

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