Breaking: Burkina Faso reports first virus death in sub-Saharan Africa

18 March 2020 - 13:01
By AFP
The woman's death is the first known death in Sub-Saharan African.
Image: Jozef Polc/123rf.com The woman's death is the first known death in Sub-Saharan African.

The Sahel state of Burkina Faso on Wednesday announced its first death from coronavirus, which is also the first known fatality in sub-Saharan Africa.

"We recorded the death overnight of a female patient aged 62, who suffered from diabetes and was in intensive care," Burkina's national coordinator for responding to the virus, Professor Martial Ouedraogo, told the press.