Burkina Faso confirms first COVID-19 death in sub-Saharan Africa

On Wednesday Burkina Faso confirmed its first death from coronavirus, which is also the first known fatality in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We recorded the death overnight of a female patient aged 62, who suffered from diabetes and was in intensive care,” Burkina’s national coordinator for responding to the virus, Professor Martial Ouedraogo, told.

According to Ouedraogo, “the number of patients (in Burkina Faso) stands at 27, comprising 15 women and 12 men.”

The total number includes a case in the town of Bobo Dioulasso, the first outside the capital Ouagadougou.

As of Wednesday, a total number of reported cases stood at 576 for all of Africa.

Of these, 15 cases have been fatal: 6 in Egypt, 5 in Algeria, 2 in Morocco, 1 in Sudan and 1 in Burkina Faso.

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