Rwanda, Namibia confirm first cases of coronavirus


Rwanda and Namibia on Saturday became the latest African countries to confirm cases of the deadly coronavirus.

Rwanda’s health ministry said the patient is an Indian citizen who arrived in the East African nation from Mumbai on March 8.

According to the Health Ministry, he had no symptoms on arrival but presented himself to a health facility on March 13.

“He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients,” the ministry said. “The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.”

RwandAir has cancelled flights to China, Israel and India, while concerts, rallies, trade fairs, and sports events have been cancelled.

In Namibia, Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula said the country’s first two cases are a Spanish couple who arrived in the Southern African country on Wednesday.

This is coming amid plans to mark Namibia’s Independence Day on March 21. Shangula, however, said the government would continue with the celebration as scheduled.

Other African nations that reported cases of COVID-19 include Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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