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COVID19: Ghana, Kenya and Gabon record cases of coronavirus

A health worker checks the temperature of a traveller as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana.

Corona Virus Disease (COVID19) is gradually making its way into several countries across the African continent.

Four new countries have recorded index cases of the disease rounding the number to 18.

Ghana and Guinea joins Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast and Senegal in West Africa.

Gabon in Central Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia in East Africa have all recorded their first cases in the region.

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According to Ghana’s Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu who confirmed the news on March 12, the two patients who tested positive for the virus had arrived from Norway and Turkey. Although the Minister did not disclose the nationalities of the two patients, Netbuzz Africa sources say one is a Norwegian national, who’s a senior official at the Norwegian Embassy in Ghana, and the other a Turkish citizen.

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In Kenya, the first case according to the Ministry of Health, the patient is a Kenyan citizen who returned to USA via London, United Kingdom on the 5th March 2020.

Gabon’s government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou also said the patient was a Gabonese man who had recently entered the territory from France.

West Africa has topped with almost half of the affected nations.

West Africa = Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Guinea
East Africa = Kenya, Ethiopia
Central Africa = DR Congo, Cameroon, Gabon
Southern Africa = South Africa
North Africa = Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan

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