Coronavirus finally made its way down to Benin Republic, Somalia, Tanzania and Liberia as first cases of the deadly virus was recorded on Monday 16 , March 2020.
Covid-19 also known as coronavirus planted its roots in Chinese soil , crossing borders and breaking boundaries. The deadly virus has claimed more lives in the few months of its existence .
Benin Republic: The health minister announced the country’s first case of the virus on Monday stressing that its citizens who breezed into the country from Belgium and Burkina Faso were held in a private ward in the nation’s capital . Benin Republic felt the hit of the virus and decided to keep its returning citizens in isolation to prevent other people from being infected by the virus. ,
Somalia Health minister Fawziya Abikar Nur revealed on his official Twitter account that the ministry had isolated and tested its citizens who returned from China last week as the result of the test came out positive .
The Aviation minister on national televisionvfurther revealed that incoming flights to the country has suspended for two weeks.
In West Africa, the small and impoverished nation of Liberia announced its first case. Liberia was devastated by a 2014 Ebola epidemic that killed 4,000 people and many health professionals. The healthcare system has remained underfunded despite promises of investment.
East Africa is not left out as the health minister in Tanzania affirmed a female traveler who visited the affected regions had no symptom of fever but with the highest degree of temperature was granted entry into the country. The woman was feeling indisposed in her hotel room .
Many African nations, including some without reported cases, have ordered tougher control measures, including bans on public gatherings, halting flights and closing schools and universities.
Ethiopia, Africa’s second-largest nation, joined the growing list of countries that closed schools for two weeks, suspended all large gatherings and cancelled all sports events, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office said.
Government buses will give people free rides to curb overcrowding in the public transport system, a statement said.
Nigeria’s health ministry said the country, Africa’s most populous, had strengthened contact tracing, stockpiled reagents used in test kits and increased testing capacity.
Also on Monday, Kenyan police raided a clinic alleged to be selling fake coronavirus testing kits. Police detained staff and locked the facility, witnesses told Reuters journalists at the scene, after it had been advertising testing kits online