Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New coronavirus cases in East Africa

One of my concerns has been that the coronavirus takes hold in Africa. It’s started. Here is a summary from the BBC as African states impose strict restrictions.

In total, nearly 350 people have been diagnosed with the virus across Africa. Seven people have died while 42 have recovered, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Most of the cases involve people arriving from Europe and North America.

South Africa has imposed the most severe restrictions on its citizens since the end of white-minority rule after reporting its first local transmission, increasing the number of cases to 62.

In an address to the nation on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national disaster. “Initially, it was people who had travelled out of the country, especially from Italy, who had positively tested for the virus,” he said.

“It is concerning that we are now dealing with internal transmission of the virus,” Mr Ramaphosa said.

For many of us, travel plans are being disrupted as cruises and tours are cancelled. Of particular concern to Mr. & Mrs. Scriber given our travel plans are two African countries:

From Kenya’s Daily Nation: State says 3 cases suspected, 14 quarantined. From a reporter in Nairobi: “Kenya is slowly shutting down.”

From Tanzania’s The Citizen: Tanzania confirms first Coronavirus case in Arusha.

The focus is on the driver associated with that first case. It is an informative case study of how infection spreads.

His movements reveal a complex circle and authorities say they are working around the clock to get all those who were in contact with the driver.

Arusha. Temi Valley Hotel, a hotel where Tanzania’s first case of Coronavirus went into self isolation has been quarantined with no visitors allowed to go in or out of the premises.

Speaking to journalists the Arusha Regional Commissioner Mrisho Gambo told reporters that all workers and guest were not allowed to leave the hotel.

“We have made efforts to make sure no news guests go into the hotel and we have also taken samples to find out whether they were infected or not,” he said.

Mr Gambo also added that they have identified the driver who drove the 46-year-old woman from the Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha.

“We have learnt from him that after he had left the said victim he went back to his family and the children the next day also went to school where they got into contact with other children,” said Mr Gambo.

He added that the same driver also transported two passengers to Karatu where they visited Mwema Children’s home and later came back to Arusha town.

“We have dispatched a team of experts to Karatu who will take samples from the children’s home,” said Mr Gambo.

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