Angola, Eritrea, Uganda confirm first cases as 1000 cases are confirmed across Africa

Angola, Eritrea and Uganda have confirmed their first cases of coronavirus,as the virus spreads across the continent despite measures by governments to control it.

Uganda’s first case was announced on Sunday by Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng. She said the man flew into the country from Dubai on Saturday and was in stable condition.

Mauritius recorded its first death as more than 1,000 cases have now been reported across Africa, according to the World Health Organisation.

Two male residents who flew back from Portugal on 17-18 March have tested positive,while Eritrea said its first case was a 39-year-old national who had arrived from Norway.

Zimbabwe reported its first case on Friday, and a second on Saturday, while Mauritius, with 14 cases, reported its first death, a person who had travelled from Belgium via Dubai.

Many African countries have already shut their borders, closed schools and universities and barred large public gatherings.

In South Africa, which has the most cases, has reported that its citizens are wearing masks and gloves in public, as the number of confirmed cases rose to 240 on Saturday.

Rwanda, which has 17 confirmed cases, stepped up its preventive measures, banning travel between towns and other parts of the country for two weeks. It has also closed all bars, and has asked all government and private employees to work from home.

Both Rwanda and Uganda announced they would close their borders.

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