Coronavirus kills former African president

Coronavirus kills former African president

- Coronavirus has claimed the life of another prominent African leader, a former president of the Republic of Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango

- Opango had been ill before contracting the deadly virus in France

- The former president died on Monday, March 30, at the age of 81

Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango, a former president of the Republic of Congo has died of coronavirus in France, according to Anadolu Agency.

The news agency reports that Opango died on Monday, March 30, at the age of 81.

Legit.ng gathers that Opango had been ill before he contracted the deadly virus which is spreading across the world like raging wildfire.

Opango was an army officer who became the Republic of Congo's first general and served as its head of state from 1977 to 1979.

Coronavirus kills former African president

Former Congo president Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango dies of coronavirus. Photo credit: standardmedia.co.ke
Source: UGC

He also served as prime minister from 1993 to 1996 and remained in exile between 1997 and 2007.

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In a similar development, the Nigerian government on Monday announced another casualty from Covid-19, officially bringing the number of the death toll to two.

The minister of health, Osagie Ohanire, made this known during the presidential task force briefing on Monday, March 30, in Abuja.

The minister said that three people have been discharged after fully recovering from the pandemic.

He, however, revealed that another casualty was recorded after the patient was severely hit by the virus.

“Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.

“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection,” the minister said.

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Legit.ng notes that the coronavirus disease which broke out in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, has led to the deaths of at least 36,000 people.

This is according to data obtained from Worldometer, a website that provides real-time updates on the disease situation globally.

As of the evening of Monday, March 30, at least 36,863 persons have died from the disease while 760,380 number of cases were confirmed.

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