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 now over 100 confirmed coronavirus cases across Africa.
Recall, the federal government of Nigeria confirmed a second case of Coronavirus in the country on Monday.
The case was not imported like the previous one, but confirmed in one of the contacts traced to an Italian earlier last month.
This was announced by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, at a press conference in Benin City, Edo State capital.
The newly confirmed case is an Ogun State contact of the index case, but he has no significant clinical symptoms.
Here are the latest numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa:
Egypt – 59
Algeria – 20
Senegal – 4
South Africa – 7
Morocco – 2
Cameroon – 2
Tunisia – 2
Togo – 1
Nigeria – 2
Burkina Faso – 2
🇿🇦South Africa 7
🇧🇫Burkina Faso 2
Other cases on the African continent:
🇲🇦Morocco: 2 pic.twitter.com/6guzGMiEc5
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) March 10, 2020