LESOTHO RECORDS FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE; NO VIRUS-FREE COUNTRY IN AFRICA

The coronavirus pandemic has been confirmed in over 180 countries globally since it was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019.

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a pandemic due to its spread. All African countries except Lesotho have since recorded cases as governments roll out measures to combat the spread.

In this article, we will share the latest developments as authorities implement measures to contain the spread of the virus, especially on the African continent.

Major African stats: May 13 at 14:00 GMT

  • Confirmed cases = 69,707
  • Number of deaths = 2,399
  • Recoveries = 24,141
  • Infected countries = 54
  • Virus-free countries = 0

  • Lesotho confirms index case
  • Comoros records first case
  • US support for Kenya, South Africa; Africa’s equipment crunch
  • Africa case increase worries experts
  • Mauritania virus-free
  • Tanzania MP infected
  • Zimbabwe quarantines UK returnees
  • Madagascar announces COVID-19 treatment
  • Africa will suffer Trump’s WHO move
  • Burundi voters locked out
  • Tanzania’s three-days of prayer
  • Malawi imposes lockdown as president’s court hearing starts
  • Uganda speaker unveils COVID-19 combating spray
  • US joins Africa in fight against Chinese racism
  • AU appoints four-member international liaison team
  • Two prominent deaths
  • AU protests Chinese mistreatment of African

May 13: Lesotho confirms index case

Lesotho confirmed its index case of COVID-19 in a press release issued on May 13. The country becomes the last on the continent to record a case.

The statement signed by Director-General of Health Services said in part: “The Ministry of Health informs the Basotho nation and the entire community living in Lesotho, that the country now has the first confirmed case of COVID-19.

“On the 9th May, 2020, the Ministry conducted 81 (eighty one) tests for COVID-19 from travellers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia.”

It said results that came back from South Africa on the 12th May 2020 indicated that “Eighty people tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 whiles ONE tested POSITIVE for COVID-19.”

Till date, the country have obtained out 597 specimens which have been tested by South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases, NICD; 295 are negative and 301 are still pending results.

First case of coronavirus in the Comoros – President confirms

Comoros announced its index case of the novel coronavirus this Thursday, April 30, 2020. The President of the Republic Azali Assoumani explained that the patient is a 50-year-old Franco-Comorian who has since been admitted to a hospital.

Borders are closed in Comoros while a curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. is in effect. During this Ramadan period, the mosques are also closed but there is no full lockdown.

Azali Assoumani explained that contact tracing is being carried out. With this development, it leaves Lesotho as the sole African country without a confirmed case.

April 24: Trump speaks with Ramaphosa and Kenyatta

President of the United States Donald Trump has spoken to two African leaders pledging his country’s support for their respective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump spoke with South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta expressing America’s support to the two countries and pledging additional support.

The South African president is also current chairperson of the African Union, AU; he is leading Africa’s most impacted country and the continent’s effort to get international support to fight the pandemic.

South Africa’s coronavirus statistics as at April 24 at 7:00 GMT were as follows: 3,953 confirmed cases, 1,473 recoveries and 75 deaths. Kenya on the other hand had 320 cases, 89 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Credit: Africa News

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