A person working for a transport firm has change into the primary affected person within the West African nation of Niger with COVID-19, the respiratory illness brought on by the brand new coronavirus.
The man travelled to the Nigerien capital of Niamey from the Ghanaian capital Accra, passing via Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, the Health Ministry mentioned in a press release learn on nationwide tv late on Thursday.
Out of these 4 international locations, solely Niger had not but had its first COVID-19 case. The affected person is in steady situation, based on the ministry.
Niger is the 36th amongst Africa’s 54 international locations to have a confirmed case.
The continent had been largely spared from the pandemic for weeks however has now recorded greater than 700 circumstances and not less than 17 deaths, based on the World Health Organisation.
There are considerations that weak nationwide well being methods in Africa can be rapidly overwhelmed by the outbreak.