Togo confirms first case of coronavirus – As many countries are putting themselves together and preparing to handle any eventualities of the dreaded coronavirus, and others praying it away, Togo has just confirmed its first case.
A statement from the government, which did not disclose the identity or nationality of the patient says she is female of 42 years.
She is resident in Lome the capital. Before her diagnosis, she had visited Benin Republic, Germany, France and Turkey within the past two months.
She is said to be in a stable condition as she has been isolated and is undergoing treatment now.
As it stands Togo has been added to the likes of Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa and Cameroon who have already recorded cases. The continent of Africa has not recorded any fatality due to the virus.
Statistics on cases recorded currently stands at an estimated 100,000 with 3,405 deaths reported. China has the most cases with a death toll of 3,042.
This is definitely expected to trigger public health alertness in neighbouring Ghana and Benin to increase surveillance and put in place measures for any eventuality.
Following the confirmation, an emergency meeting has been called by President Faure Gnassingbe to discuss measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.