JOHANESBURG (AP) – Anxiety rose on Friday in South Africa, the richest nation in Africa, following the announcement of a spike in the number of coronavirus cases to 202, the highest number in the sub-Saharan region, and that the largest airport The country said that the landing of foreigners will not be allowed.
The state-owned South Africa airline suspended all international flights until June.RELATED
Five of the newly infected people attended a church meeting with more than 200 people in the central Free State province, the government said. They had all traveled abroad. Authorities were rushing to find other attendees.
Another new case in South Africa was from a health worker who was in a series of private hospitals.
“The plane will be in an isolated area and all authorities will ensure that the utmost care is taken,” explained O.R. International Airport. Tambo days after the government decreed travel restrictions and a national disaster. “We are working with the airline to ensure that foreign citizens return to the country of origin.”
Johannesburg airport is the busiest in Africa. Foreigners on the continent face increasing chances of being stranded there as countries close their land borders and cancel flights.
Cape Verde announced its first case of coronavirus and joins the list of 37 African nations with patients of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The total number of infected on the continent exceeds 800 people.
At the moment, most of the cases registered in Africa were imported from abroad. But overnight Niger reported its first case and highlighted a possible regional expansion within the continent. The infected citizen had traveled through the capitals of Togo, Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, all in West Africa.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 245,000 people and killed more than 10,000 worldwide.
COVID-19 disease causes mild or moderate symptoms for many and the vast majority recover. Some people, especially the elderly or those with previous medical problems, may experience complications such as pneumonia.
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