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Africa Records 1100 Coronavirus Cases, 42 Countries Affected


Countries begin lock-down, Travel restrictions imposed.

The African continent is feeling the heat of the coronavirus pandemic as combined cases of the virus infections across the continent rise above 1000, with 42 out of 52 countries on the continent already affected, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Africa Records 1100 Coronavirus in Cases, 42 Countries Affected
A health worker checks the temperature of a traveller as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana.
Credit: REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

Burkina Faso leads in the most virus deaths of countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the most cases in West Africa with 64.

Nigeria, on Saturday announced, it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month in the continent’s most populous country as confirmed cases now stand at 30 with two recovered and discharged.

Angola announced closure of air, land and sea borders this week but its President Joao Lourenco attended Saturday’s inauguration of Namibian President Hage Geingob. Also in attendance was President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, which this week suspended international travel by all government employees.

Namibia has recorded three confirmed cases.

Coronavirus has now recorded more than 275,000 cases confirmed worldwide, including over 11,000 deaths, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University with at least 88,000 people have recovering from the virus.

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