Mali has recorded its first two cases of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID19, on Wednesday.
In a statement, the government confirmed that the cases are two Malian nationals who arrived Mali from France in mid-March; a 49 year-old woman from Bamako and a 62 year-old man living in Kayes.
The government statement said the returnees tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, and are currently receiving medical treatment.
The statement also advised people to “remain calm and strictly respect the recommended preventive measures”.
All of Mali’s seven neighboring countries have also declared coronavirus cases.