Burkina Faso records Africa’s 10 deaths from 529 Coronavirus cases
London, March 18, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Burkina Faso has announced its first death from Covid-19 and the patient was reported to be Diabetic.
With the latest, Africa has now recorded at least 10 deaths across five African countries from the current outbreak of Coronavirus.
Officials said the patient, a diabetic woman aged 62 years suffered from further complications after being infected by Covid-19, a respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.
“This tragic event calls us all to recognise the scale and seriousness of the problem which confronts us all,” said Martial Ouedraogo, the West African nation’s Covid-19 response co-ordinator.
He adds that “This is a very contagious illness that is potentially fatal and that for now has no treatment aside from prevention.”
Egypt has the highest death toll with at least six deaths with the latest deaths involving a 78-year-old Italian woman and a 70-year-old Egyptian man who died in an isolation hospital.
Egypt (6), Algeria (3), Morocco (2), Burkina Faso (1) and Sudan (1) are the number of deaths so far.
At least 31 African countries now have confirmed coronavirus cases totaling 529 with new cases being reported in countries like Gambia, and Zambia.
South Africa for example is recording a sharp increase in number of cases, 23 new cases of coronavirus in one day.
Nigeria on Wednesday also recorded five new cases and imposed travel bans immediately