March 20, 2020
On Wednesday, 119 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the continent.
Nigeria confirmed five new cases that are independent of the previous three cases.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said that all five cases had a travel history to UK and U.S.
In response to the increase in the spread of the virus the Lagos State Government said on Wednesday that it may “advise religious leaders in the state to stop Friday and Sunday services as part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus.”
Mr Ehanire also said the detailed travel history of the newly confirmed cases is being compiled to enable the government trace people that might have come in contact with them.
The youngest patient is a 6-week-old baby.
The restrictions will take effect on March 31.
On Tuesday, Nigeria banned foreign travels for all public officials. They are only allowed to travel for essential trips.
Confirmed cases in Africa
Below are the countries with confirmed cases in Africa and their total number of cases according to Wordometer on March 18
Algeria 75; 7 deaths; 32 recoveries
Burkina Faso 20; 1 death
Central African Republic 1
Republic of Congo 1
Ivory Coast 9; 1 death
Democratic Republic of the Congo 7
Egypt 210; 6 deaths; 28 recoveries
Equatorial Guinea 4
Morocco 54; 2 deaths; 1 recovery
Nigeria 8; 1 recovery
Senegal 36; 2 recoveries
Tunisia 29; 1 recovery
South Africa 116
Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Rwanda, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Sudan, Mauritania, Tanzania, and DRC has each recorded at least one new case of the COVID-19 virus.
Burkina Faso is the first sub-Saharan country in the continent to confirm a death.
The second vice president of the Burkinabé Parliament and co-founder of the opposition Union for Progress and Change (UPC), Marie Rose Compaoré/ Konditamdé passed away Tuesday night after testing positive for the virus.
She suffered from diabetes and was under intensive care.