The President of Niger, H.E. Muhammadu Issoufou disclossed the country’s index case of coronavirus on Thursday, 19 March, 2020 stressing the need for the populace to observe strict personal hygiene practices.
“We have just registered this Thursday March 19, 2020, our first clinical case of #Coronavirus at #Niger . I invite all of my fellow citizens to keep calm. I urge you to respect all preventive measures. Insha’Allah, together we will overcome this ordeal,” President Mahammadou Issoufou said in a tweet.
The patient was a 36-year-old citizen who worked for a transport company. He is said to have recently returned from Togo via Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
He had travelled to Lome, Accra, Abidjan and Ouagadougou. The patient, who is now in isolation, had a stable condition. Contact tracing processes are also underway.
Niger is the latest country in Africa to confirm it has coronavirus. It’s neighbouring country, Chad had also reported its index case on Wednesday.
In the largely Muslim nation, religious leaders across the issued a joint statement suspending worship at mosques and churches to prevent the spread of the virus.