Burkina Faso records first death in sub-Saharan Africa

Leave a comment / By: manifel / 18 March, 2020 21:15:19PM
Burkina Faso records first death in sub-Saharan Africa


Burkina Faso Wednesday, March 18, became the first Sub-Saharan African country to report a fatality from COVID-19 since its outbreak.

Addressing the press, Burkina Faso's national coordinator for response to the virus, Professor Martial Ouedraogo, said that: “We recorded the death overnight of a female patient aged 62, who suffered from diabetes and was in intensive care."

The fatality was the vice president of the Burkina Faso National Assembly, Rose Marie Compaoré according to reports. 

With the addition of seven new cases in the country, Ouedraogo added that: “The number of patients (in Burkina Faso) stands at 27, comprising 15 women and 12 men."

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Africa has so far 477 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, March 18.

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