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Ivory Coast records first coronavirus death

By AFP

Added 30th March 2020 06:37 AM

Aouele also announced another 25 cases of the virus had been recorded, bringing the official total in the country to 165.

Ivory Coast records first coronavirus death

A woman wearing a face mask walks nearby the Central Mosque in Lagos, Nigeria on March 20, 2020 (AFP)

Aouele also announced another 25 cases of the virus had been recorded, bringing the official total in the country to 165.

Ivory Coast's health minister announced the country's first confirmed coronavirus during a daily briefing Sunday on the outbreak there.

Eugene Aka Aouele gave no details on the victim's age or sex, but said the diagnosis had been made "post-mortem".

Aouele also announced another 25 cases of the virus had been recorded, bringing the official total in the country to 165.

President Alassane Ouattara declared a state of emergency last Monday to tackle the outbreak, imposing a curfew between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am, and shutting the country's borders.

He also banned movement in and out of the economic capital Abidjan, and closed bars, restaurants, and schools.

Neighbouring Burkina Faso has recorded 222 cases of the virus and 12 deaths.

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