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WHO declares pandemic over outbreak

WHO Declares Coronavirus a Pandemic Africa With More Than 100 Cases in 11 Countries

There are now more than 100 cases recorded in 11 countries in Africa, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization.

The countries with reported cases as of Wednesday, according to the World Health Organization, include the following:
  • Algeria — 20
  • Burkina Faso — 2
  • Cameroon — 2
  • Democratic Republic of Congo –1
  • Egypt — 59 (includes 1 death)
  • Morocco — 3 (includes 1 death)
  • Nigeria — 2
  • Senegal — 4
  • South Africa — 13
  • Tunisia — 5
  • Togo — 1

“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessement that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news briefing in Geneva.

In the past two weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases outside the outbreak epicentre in China has increased 13-fold and the number of affected countries has tripled, he added.

 Ivory Coast confirms first case of coronavirus

Ivory Coast has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a 45-year-old Ivorian man who had recently travelled to Italy, the health ministry said in a statement.

 Morocco confirms 5th coronavirus case

Two more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Morocco, raising the total number of confirmed cases to five, the country’s health ministry announced.

The new cases come a day after the North African country reported its first fatality.

The victim was an 89-year-old woman “who was suffering from chronic diseases of the respiratory system and heart”, according to the ministry.

South Africa confirms six new cases

South Africa confirmed six new cases of coronavirus, increasing the total toll to 13, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

The new cases are a 33-year-old woman who had been in Italy; a 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman who had been in Germany; a 57-year-old man who had been in Austria and Italy; a 40-year-old man who had been in Portugal; and a 36-year-old man who visited Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey.

“Some of these patients are already in hospital, while some, specifically those who are asymptomatic, are in self-quarantine,” the institute said in a statement.