- The health ministry of Eritrea has declared the country coronavirus-free
- The pronouncement was made on Friday, May 15 after the East African country discharged its last confirmed case
- Only two other African countries, Mauritius and Mauritania have achieved the coronavirus-free status before
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The government of the East African country of Eritrea has declared it as coronavirus-free.
Africanews reports that Eritrea made the official pronouncement after all the country's 39 confirmed cases successfully recovered from the pandemic.
According to the report, Eritrea's health ministry said the last coronavirus patient was discharged from the hospital on Friday, May 15.
The East African country joins the likes of Mauritania and Mauritius that recorded full recoveries.
Like Madagascar, Central Africa Republic, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Lesotho, Rwanda and Uganda, Eritrea also recorded no coronavirus deaths.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Mauritius declared that it was officially free of the deadly coronavirus that has taken the world by storm, becoming the second African country to declare virus-free status after infection.
According to the island nation’s official COVID-19 page, 322 people had recovered out of the 332 confirmed cases so far. 10 people have since died.
May 11 marked the fifteenth consecutive day that the no-new-case was recorded in the country, Vanguard reports.
Before Mauritius, Mauritania was the first country to declare itself coronavirus-free.
It has since discovered new cases.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that as at Saturday, there were over 77,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent.
In statistics posted on its African Region page, WHO added that there have also been more than 29,000 COVID-19 recoveries and sadly, 2,600 deaths.
In Nigeria, the case is much different from Eritrea's. The West African country recorded its index coronavirus case in February after an Italian man flew in with the infection.
As of Friday, May 15, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed 288 new cases to bring the fresh total number of confirmed cases in the country to 5,445.
The federal health agency made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Friday night.
The total number of recoveries is now 1,320, while the number of fatalities increased to 171.
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