Burkina Faso confirms first cases of coronavirus

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Burkina Faso on Monday reported its first two cases of coronavirus, the health minister said, becoming the sixth country in sub-Saharan Africa affected by the virus.

Health Minister Claudine Lougue told reporters that the two patients, a husband and wife, had recently returned to Burkina Faso from a trip to France and were now in isolation.

The man is 73-years-old and the woman is 57. They tested positive for the virus on Monday and have been placed in isolation, authorities say.

A third person who was reportedly in close contact with the couple has been placed under observation.

Burkina Faso becomes the sixth sub-Saharan African country to report positive tests for coronavirus.

Latest figures indicate there are now 100 confirmed coronavirus cases across Africa.

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