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Central African Republic, Namibia, Eswatini, Rwanda report first coronavirus cases

Christian Fernsby |
Health ministries in the Central African Republic, Namibia and Eswatini announced Saturday their first cases of coronavirus.

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Central African Republic's Health Minister Pierre Somse said tests of a 74 year old Italian who entered the country March 8 was positive.

Somse said the patient was quarantined with his family and the country has gone into an alarm state.

Namibian Health Minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula said test of a couple who came from Spain last week turned out to be positive. The pair was quarantined and officials are tracing those who came into contact with them.

Meanwhile, Eswatini Health Ministry announced the country's first case.

Officials said the virus was detected in a woman, 33, who came to Lesotho from the U.S. and from there to Eswatini. She is being treated in quarantine.

Rwanda on Saturday confirmed its first case of coronavirus in the country.

The patient is an Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India on March 8, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

“The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on March 13, where he was immediately tested. He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients.”

The Health Ministry said officials are tracing those he came in contact with after arrival to the country.

Rwanda recently adopted several measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak including suspending students’ assemblies in education institutions in the country.

Despite the outbreak in a large number of countries in Africa, the death toll from the virus is four with more than 250 cases confirmed on the continent.

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