…As 9 African Countries are Infected
The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in over 80 countries across the globe.
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems.
Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports. Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria. African airlines have cancelled scheduled flights to China except for Ethiopian Airlines.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to MERS coronavirus, which is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus and SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.
In this article, we will share the latest developments as authorities implement measures to contain the spread of the virus, especially on the African continent.
Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 110 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance(the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan). 9 Countries have been affected in Africa Including Egypt (55, 1death), Algeria (20), South Africa (7), Senegal (4), Morocco (2), Nigeria (2), Tunisia (2), Cameroon (2), Togo (1)
1st in the Channel Islands. The patient, from Guernsey, started to experience symptoms – a cough, fever and shortness of breath – after returning from Tenerife
362 new cases and 9 new deaths in Spain. Total cases top 1,000
The Basque Government closes all schools in Vitoria for 2 weeks
1 new case in North Macedonia: the director of a clinic for skin diseases who went to work for 5 working days after returning from Italy
14 new cases in the UAE: 4 Emiratis, 3 Italians, 2 each from Bangladesh and Nepal, and 1 Russian, Syrian and Indian
2 new cases in the United Kingdom (Wales) Boris Johnson holds emergency Cobra meeting. Pubs, church halls and schools could be closed and football matches called off as the UK Government prepares to ramp up efforts to stop the coronavirus spreading as UK cases soars to 280 with 51 in London.
39 new cases in Belgium. Community spread has started, with people who have returned from Italy living almost everywhere in Belgium, local circulation is ongoing in different places of the territory
111 new cases in Germany “Coronavirus has been in Germany since Wednesday last week. Our priority now is to slow its spread. The slower the virus spreads, the better the healthcare system can cope.” Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday adding “Consider also what in your daily life is so important that you can’t do without it for the next three months, whether that’s an evening clubbing, a family birthday or a club meeting”
4 new cases in Poland, 595 new cases and 43 new deaths in Iran. Among the infected is the head of Iran’s crisis management agency, Esmaeel Najjar, who was discharged from the hospital and is self-quarantined at home
24 new cases in Bahrain, 18 new cases in Malaysia, 13 new cases in Indonesia.
New cases in Australia include:
– 7 in NSW, including 3 other Sydney students at two different schools
– 3 in Victoria: 2 are returned travelers from the USA and 1 from Iran.
New case in Canada:
– 1 in Peel Region, Ontario.
New cases in the United States include:
– 4 new cases in Georgia (Fulton County, Cherokee County, and Cobb County)
– 1 new case in Hawaii. This second case is not connected to the first one and the cruise ship, but to the Washington state outbreak
– 1 new case in Texas (Harris County) a travel-related case is associated with the known group from the M.S. A’sara cruise (traveling to and from Aswan, Egypt)
1 new case in Ecuador.
165 new cases and 3 new deaths in South Korea, including the death of: a 74 year-old man who had underlying health conditions and a 68-year-old woman who appeared to have no underlying health conditions. Pace of new infections is slowing.
4 new cases in Saudi Arabia, 40 new cases, 22 new deaths (of which 21 in Hubei) and 1,525 new discharges occurred in China on March 8, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China. [source]