Ghana’s western neighbour Côte d’Ivoire has confirmed its first case of the deadly Coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
“On 10th March, the Adjamé-Plateau-Attécoubé was notified of a suspected case of Coronavirus. The patient is a 45-year old Ivorian man who had returned from Italy who showed symptoms of fever, cough and flu,” parts of the statement translated into English read.
Ivory Coast, Francophone West Africa’s largest economy, is the eighth country in sub-Saharan Africa to report a confirmed case after Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, South Africa, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
South Africa announced six new cases of the virus on Wednesday, bringing its total to 13, the most in sub-Saharan Africa. North African countries have also recorded nearly 100 cases.
The patient in Ivory Coast is in stable condition in hospital in the commercial capital Abidjan, the health ministry said in a statement.
Sub-Saharan Africa did not confirm its first case of coronavirus until Feb. 28 in Nigeria, but experts warn that rising case loads could test already fragile health systems.
In Africa, a total of 114 cases have been recorded as of Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Majority of the cases are in Egypt where 59 persons have been found to be with the virus and one person dying as a result.
In Algeria, 20 persons have caught the virus while in South Africa, 13 have been recorded.
Senegal has four cases.
Official figures indicate that there are two persons each in Morocco (one dead), Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia who have the virus.
In neighboring Togo and Côte d’Ivoire, one case has been reported. There is also one case in DR. Congo
Global statistics for affected persons have surpassed 120,000 with over 4,500 deaths, the majority of which occurred in China.