Burkina Faso confirms first two cases of COVID-19

Burkina Faso on Monday confirmed its first two cases of the novel coronavirus, local media reported.

The two patients are a couple, the spouse having recently came back from France, a report stated, citing Health Minister Claudine Lougue.

Lougue included that the patients were quarantined in a local medical clinic in the capital Ouagadougou.

A third person who was in close contact with the couple is under observation, as per the report.

At least 109,578 affirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, have been reported worldwide as of Monday, an increase of 3,994 infections from the previous day, as indicated by a coronavirus update update released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Of the 3,994 new infections, 3,949 were outside China, as per the WHO.

Other than Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Albania and Paraguay reported cases of COVID-19 for the first time as of Monday, bringing the total number of nations and regions affected by the coronavirus to around 105.

Burkina Faso has become the latest African nation to report coronavirus cases after Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Togo and Egypt, which on Sunday reported the first coronavirus casualty on the content.