The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given fresh updates on the prevalence and spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Africa.
According to the latest figures released by the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, Africa now has over 300 confirmed cases.
The World health body also added that 27 countries have been affected.
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) March 16, 2020
Additional information provided via its official Twitter account @WHOAFRO also noted that Benin Republic has confirmed its first case of coronavirus.
The patient is a 49-year-old male of Burkinabe nationality, who entered Benin on March 12.
The breakdown of confirmed cases in Africa has given by WHO noted that currently, the countries affected and number of cases are: Algeria 48, South Africa 51, Senegal 24, Cameroon 3, Nigeria 2, Burkina Faso 7, Togo 1, DRC 3, Cote d’Ivoire 5, Ghana 2, Gabon 1,
Kenya 3, Ethiopia 4, Guinea 1, Rwanda 5, Namibia 2, E Guinea 1, Seychelles 2, CAR 1, Congo 1, Mauritania 1, Eswatini 1, Liberia 1, Egypt 110, Morocco 28, Tunisia 18, Sudan 1.
“Cases may still be low in Africa and we can keep it that way with robust all-of-government actions to fight the new coronavirus”, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said.