Somalia, Tanzania confirm first coronavirus cases

17 Mars, 2020, 14:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The Tanzanian Ministry of Health announced the country's first case of the deadly coronavirus on Monday.

Health ministry said the 46-year-old woman returned from Belgium on Sunday aboard a RwandAir plane.

She reportedly left the country on March 3 2020 and visited Sweden and Denmark and Belgium before returing home. "The thermal scanner was thus not able to show signs that she needed further testing", she said.

Mwalimu said the woman later felt sick while she was in her hotel in Arusha city and went to Arusha region's Mount Meru Hospital.

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Mwalimu said the patient was responding well to treatment but she could not reveal where the patient has been admitted to.

The minister urged Tanzanians to take precautions to prevent infection, and to report at any medical centre if they develop any symptoms of the disease.

Tanzania becomes the third East African country to confirm a Coronavirus case after Kenya and Rwanda. "Her samples were received at around 1am and the National Health Laboratory confirmed that she has Covid-19".

Also, Somalia has suspended all global flights for 15 days starting from Wednesday, Aviation Minister Abdullahi Salad Omaar announced on Monday.

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