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Coronavirus: South Sudan confirms index case

South Sudan has confirmed its first case of Covid-19. The patient is a 29-year-old woman who returned from Netherlands via Addis Ababa on February 28. The patient – a United Nations staff, arrived South Sudan February 28 and resided there for five weeks. When she started experiencing symptoms, she began…

The 110-bed Isolation Center at Mobolaji Johnoson, Stadium, Onikan, Lagos Island, constructed by the Lagos State Government and Guaranty Trust Bank, unveiled on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Coronavirus cases in African countries nearly 8000

Fifty countries in Africa have confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases according to Worldometer to 7,933 as of Saturday morning. Within the week, Burundi, Botswana, Sierra Leone, and Malawi confirmed their index cases of the virus. Despite being surrounded by countries that have confirmed cases, Comoros,…

COVID-19: Map showing countries with Coronavirus cases. [Photo: The Conversation)

18 countries yet to confirm COVID-19 case

Despite the daily increase in the number of COVID-19 cases globally, about 18 countries have not confirmed any positive case. Preventive and containment measures have been put in place to ensure the virus does not spread to them. All countries in Europe, North America, and South America have reported at…

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Burundi, Botswanna, Sierra Leone confirm index cases of Covid-19

Sierra Leone has confirmed its first Covid-19 case, after a 37-year-old male travelled from France on March 16 via Air Brussels. Prior to this confirmation, Sierra Leone was the only West African State to have zero cases. President Julius Bio confirmed the case on national television. He said “the health…

Cote d’Ivoire: Alassane Ouattara President of the Ivory Coast. [PHOTO CREDIT: AFP]

Cote d’Ivoire records first coronavirus death

Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday recorded its first death from Covid-19. The death was announced by the Ivorian health minister, Eugene Aoule, during a daily briefing. No further details were given on the victim's age or gender. Mr Aoule also announced the addition of 25 Covid-19 cases, bringing the country’s total…

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Coronavirus cases in African countries double in one week

African countries have so far recorded over 4,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), more than double the figure as of Monday. Despite the rising cases of the disease on the continent, however, it still has fewer cases when compared to Europe, Asia, or North America where thousands have died from…

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20 countries yet to record coronavirus case

Amidst the growing coronavirus pandemic, about 20 countries are yet to report a case of the virus. Despite not having a single case, preventive measures have been put in place by these to ensure the virus does not spread to them. There are seven continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, North…

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, at a press briefing on the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria

Coronavirus: Nigeria receives donations from China to fight Covid-19

The Embassy of the Republic of China on Wednesday donated gift items to the Nigerian ministry of health towards the prevention of Covid-19. The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, received the Chinese delegation led by Third Secretary Li Guanjie who presented the gifts. The minister appreciated their kind gesture and…

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Coronavirus: Panic buying begins in Abuja, Lagos markets

Markets in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and environs have closed in response to the government's stay-at-home order while panic buying is intensifying. Although the stay-at-home orders differ from state to state, PREMIUM TIMES' visits to some markets and supermarkets in Abuja and Lagos on Wednesday showed some…

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Coronavirus: Africa records near 2000 cases

As at 12:31 PM, Tuesday, there is a total of 1998 confirmed cases, 62 deaths, and 132 recoveries in Africa, according to Worldometer. A total of 43 countries in the continent now have confirmed cases of Covid-19. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a national lockdown over the…

Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede. [Photo credit: Channels TV & YouTube.com]

Coronavirus: Nigerian Immigration Service suspends passport issuance

The Nigerian Immigration Service has announced the temporary suspension of passports and migrant registration due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) virus in the country. This announcement was made in a press statement issued by the Comptroller General of the service, Muhammed Babandede, on Monday. The suspension takes effect…

China's Doctors, Fighting the Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: The New York Times]

Coronavirus: Over 1500 cases reported in African countries

African countries now have more than 1500 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and have recorded 50 deaths and 145 recoveries as at Monday afternoon. Cases in South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon and Nigeria have also risen. South Africa has the highest number of cases on the…

China Premier, President Xi Jinping

Coronavirus: China has no new domestic case – Official

China on Thursday recorded zero new or suspected cases in Wuhan and Hubei provinces. The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China stated this on their official website. It read “there were 0 newly confirmed cases in Hubei (0 in Wuhan), 795 newly cured cases (733 in Wuhan), 8…

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Coronavirus cases across Africa now over 600

African countries on Wednesday confirmed 644 cases of coronavirus, 17 deaths, and 65 recoveries according to Worldometer. On Wednesday, 119 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the continent. Nigeria Nigeria confirmed five new cases that are independent of the previous three cases. The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire,…

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Coronavirus: Burkina Faso records first death from sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso on Wednesday announced its first death due to the dreaded coronavirus. This is the first confirmed death from COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa. Martial Ouedraogo, Burkina's national coordinator of coronavirus announced, "we recorded the death overnight of a female patient aged 62, who suffered from diabetes and was in…

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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia hands out free sanitizers at traffic signals

To contain the COVID-19 virus, Saudi Arabia's Riyadh Municipality is distributing free sanitation products around the city. A statement published in the municipality’s Twitter page on Tuesday read “Officials will be handing out the items at traffic lights and in several mosques around Riyadh.” The municipality has also said that…

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Coronavirus: Over 400 cases recorded in African countries

Africa countries, as of Tuesday evening, had confirmed over 400 cases of COVID-19 on the continent, the World Health Organization has said. Thirty African countries have recorded 475 cases according to Worldometer. This has led some countries in the continent to shut their airports and land borders as many of…

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Japanese sentenced to death for killing 19

A Japanese man, Satoshi Uematsu, has been sentenced to death for killing 19 persons with disabilities near Tokyo. In 2016, Mr Uematsu went on a stabbing spree which resulted to the deaths of 19 while 25 people were wounded. According to him, people with disabilities "who were unable to communicate…

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Coronavirus: Nigerian embassy in Washington suspends passport activities

The Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, U.S. has announced its suspension of passport interviews and biometric capture over the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The announcement, made on Sunday, is effective from Monday, March 16. A statement to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said "the suspension will take effect…

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Coronavirus: How Africa is faring

Africa, as of Friday morning, has confirmed about 146 Covid-19 cases on the continent, the World Health Organisation has said. The African region of the UN health agency, in a report on the status of the virus, said all countries in Africa must act to contain the spread and safeguard…

Osagie Ehanire

Don’t panic over coronavirus, Nigeria tells diplomats

The federal government on Thursday assured diplomats living within the nation that there was no need to panic over the confirmation of coronavirus in Nigeria. Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, while briefing diplomats and the press at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Abuja said this was not a…

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Coronavirus: DRC confirms first case

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, after a Congolese national who had recently returned to Kinshasha from France, tested positive for the virus. DRC’s Minister of health, Eteni Longondo, said the patient, a 52-year-old is in a stable state. Although the minister…

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Coronavirus: Burkina Faso confirms first two cases

Burkina Faso has confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as the second death from the disease in Africa was recorded in Morocco on the same day. The two cases in Burkina Faso are that of a couple. The West African country's health minister, Claudine Lougue, said the…

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian President

Coronavirus: Egypt confirms first death in Africa

Egypt has confirmed its first death from COVID-19 (coronavirus) after a 60-year-old German tourist died at the Hurghada General hospital on Sunday. The health ministry spokesperson, Khaled Megahed, confirmed that the German tourist who arrived Hurghada, Egypt, seven days earlier from Luxor, showed symptoms of a high fever upon his…

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South Africa confirms first case of coronovirus

South Africa has confirmed its first coronavirus case after a 38-year-old national tested positive. The national had recently just returned with his wife from Italy. South Africa’s health minister, Zweli Mkhize, confirmed the case. He said the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that “a suspected case of Covid-19 has…