Tanzania records first COVID-19 death as Botswana couple brings home coronavirus after honeymoon

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Tanzania, East African, on Tuesday confirmed its first death from coronavirus, according to local media reports.

“I regret to announce that we have registered the first COVID-19 death in the country,” The Citizen website quoted Tanzania’s Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu as announcing Tuesday.

The victim was a 49-year-old man who died of the disease in Mloganzila, Dar es Salam, the daily reported.

Tanzania has so far confirmed 19 cases of the virus, Mwalimu added.

Separately, in Southern Africa, the landlocked country of Botswana announced its first three confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

The country's Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Lemogang Kwape made the announcement during a live broadcast on Botswana Television around 8 pm on Monday evening.

Kwape said the three, two men and a woman, had travelled to the United Kingdom and Thailand and that they were currently kept in isolation at the Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital and other secure places.

Zambia News 24 has learnt that a newly married couple reportedly went to Thailand for honeymoon despite being strongly warned to cancel the trip. That is where the man and his wife allegedly got infected with the deadly coronavirus.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 178 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

More than 787,600 cases have been reported worldwide, with a death toll of nearly 38,000 and over 166,000 recoveries.



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