Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Top Burkina Faso lawmaker allegedly dies from coronavirus

Burkina Faso has joined the list of African countries to have recorded coronavirus related death. Authorities announced the first COVID-19 death on Wednesday.

The country’s confirmed cases as at Wednesday is at 26 with over 230 contacts being monitored.

Other African countries that have reported fatalities include Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Sudan.

The authorities say the patient was a diabetic woman aged 62 years. Some reports on social media say it is a top lawmaker, Ms Rose Marie Compaore, who was the first-vice president of the parliament.

“This tragic event calls us all to recognise the scale and seriousness of the problem which confronts us all,” said Martial Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso’s COVID-19 response coordinator.

“This is a very contagious illness that is potentially fatal and that for now has no treatment aside from prevention,” he stressed.