SWITZERLAND, MARCH 06 – The total number of confirmed Coronavirus cases on the African continent has risen to 40 on Friday as Cameroon and Togo report their first cases. The virus is now present in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Egypt and Algeria are contibuting the bulk of the numbers with 15 and 17 cases respectively as Egypt reports 12 new cases on Friday. So far, the sub-Saharan African countries have 1 case each, except Senegal with 4. Morocco has 2cases.
Togo confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus after a 42-year-old woman tested positive following her return from a trip to Benin, Germany, France and Turkey.
The presidency in the West African nation of eight million people said the patient, who lives in the capital Lome with her family, was “currently isolated in a treatment centre for infectious diseases” after testing positive on Thursday.
Likewise, Cameroon has confirmed its first case of coronavirus after a 58-year-old French citizen tested positive to the virus.
The health ministry said the man, who arrived in the capital, Yaounde, on February 24, has been quarantined in the city’s central hospital.