Coronavirus: Togo confirms first case on Friday, March 6

Togo has confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Friday, March 6, 2020.

The government in an official statement noted that the patient is a 42-year-old woman who was resident in the capital, Lomé.

Her nationality was however not disclosed.

The patient, before being diagnosed, had visited Benin, Germany, France and Turkey in late February and early March.

The patient has since been isolated and is receiving treatment. Authorities say she is currently in a stable condition.

Excerpts of the statement in English said, “Togo has been preparing to deal with it [coronavirus],” since the outbreak.

It said the country has been “taking active surveillance measures” along its borders.

While urging the public not to panic over the situation, the Togolese government said citizens should continue to observe preventive measures.

Togo’s Prime Minister Komi Klassou at a press conference on the matter advised that persons who had come into contact with the patient have been identified and quarantined according to international health regulations.

With this case, Togo is added to the list of African countries affected by the epidemic. Cases have so far been reported in Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa and Cameroon.

No death has however been reported on the continent.

Meanwhile, the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe has held an emergency meeting with his cabinet to deliberate on how to prevent a spread of the virus.

Read statement below:

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

LIVE: Results from Kenya's 2022 elections

LIVE: Results from Kenya's 2022 elections

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Machakos billionaire buys 680 Hotel in Nairobi

Machakos billionaire buys 680 Hotel in Nairobi

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

LIVE: Presidential election results

LIVE: Presidential election results