Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The coronavirus (Covid-19) emerging in China has not yet been confirmed in 6 countries in Africa.
The global pandemic, which has affected the world and captured 803,000 people, has so far not been identified in 6 of the 54 countries on the African continent, according to official data.
Experts think this is due to the isolated positions of some countries and a lack of equipment to detect cases in some countries.
Burundi, the East African country that borders countries where the virus is seen, such as Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, has not yet been tested in the country as it prepares to hold general elections in May, with the convenience of not yet identifying Covid-19.
Government Spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye said in a statement that they were thankful to God for protecting Burundi and rejected claims that cases did not appear because there were no tests.
There have also been no cases of coronavirus in the Indian Ocean, according to official data from the Comoros Association, which is located in the western Mozambique and the eastern island of Madagascar.
In Lesotho, South Africa's country of 2 million people, a 25-day national quarantine was announced yesterday, although no cases have yet been seen.
Belatedly, some African countries have instituted measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within their borders. Countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Gabon have banned flights from affected countries, while Morocco has suspended all international travel. Rwanda, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have added quarantine measures for travelers from countries affected by the outbreak. South Africa plans to erect a fence on its border with Zimbabwe to keep out potentially infected migrants.
The Malawi government said that although there have been tests on suspicious cases, there have not yet been cases in the country. Coronavirus will reach the country sooner or later, government officials, asked to citizens quarantine themselves who came from abroad.
The tourist island nation of the Atlantic Ocean, Sao Tome and Principe, has not yet found coronavirus.
The fact that no cases have yet been seen in South Sudan is linked to the lack of international flights to the country.