Sub-Saharan Africa reports more COVID-19 cases amid stronger countermeasures

Sub-Saharan Africa reported more novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Sunday amid stronger countermeasures against the pandemic.

South Africa is the worst hit country in the region as the number of people with the coronavirus climbed to 51 on Sunday after 13 more people were tested positive, according to the Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

Seven cases were detected in Gauteng, five in Western Cape and one in KwaZulu-Natal. All of the patients were tested positive after visiting European nations, with one person travelling to Iran, according to Mkhize.

Ghana has announced some restrictions concerning international travel as the country announced four additional COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases to six.

Except for Ghanaian citizens and persons with Ghana residence permits, no person who has been to countries with more than 200 COVID-19 cases would be allowed into the country, said Ghana’s Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press briefing on Sunday.

Besides, those allowed into the country are requested to self-quarantine for 14 mandatory days, with guidelines for self-quarantine issued at the entry points, said the minister.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, bringing to three the number of confirmed cases of the deadly novel COVID-19.

Kenyatta, who addressed a televised news conference in Nairobi said two new cases originated from the 27 persons who had made contacts with the first victim that had traveled from the US and whose case was confirmed on Friday.

Kenyatta announced drastic measures aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19 including restricting travel to Kenya from all countries with reported coronavirus cases.

“Only Kenyan citizens to be allowed into Kenya provided they go to self-quarantine or government facility. In force for 30 days,” Kenyatta said.

He said all persons who have come to Kenya in last 14 days must self-quarantine, noting that all schools will be suspended with immediate effect.

Cote d’Ivoire reported confirmed three new cases on Saturday night, bringing the number of people infected in the country to four, according to the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene on Sunday.

They are patients of Cote d’Ivoire nationality, two of whom are male, aged 33 and 49, and a female aged 56, said the Minister of Health, Eugene Aka-Aouele in a statement. -Xinhua

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