Top leaders in the world are joining the list of those who have been infected with the deadly coronavirus. Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today confirmed to the world that he is diagnosed with the pandemic. This is only a day after it was confirmed that Prince Charles of Wales had tested positive for the virus. The 71 year old Prince is currently in Isolation.
Announcing his status live on his social media pages, the British PM said that he had been feeling unwell over the past few hours. He said that he was subjected to the test after displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
The PM has been on the forefront in dealing with the cases that are spreading across Britain like bush-fire. Currently, the UK is 9th in the list of ten most affected countries in the world. Boris has promised to continue leading the fight from the Isolation facility.
USA overtook China on Thursday to lead the pact with over 85,000 cases. China follows closely with 81,000 cases but has the most recoveries at 74,000 people. Italy comes it 3rd with 80,000 cases so far while Spain struggles with 64,000 cases.
The UK is at the 12,000 mark slightly lower than the numbers in Germany, Iran, France and Switzerland.
More than 549,000 cases have been reported in the world. More than 24,000 people have died of the virus and slightly above 28,000 people have recovered.
African continent has over 46 countries registering new cases. A number of deaths have also been witnessed with Kenya recording the first death yesterday evening.
According to the Ministry of Health in the East African Country and CS Mutahi Kagwe, the Patient, a 66 year old male had an underlying illness and was in ICU at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi. He had travelled from South Africa via Swaziland on 13th March 2020.
A number of countries in Africa have taken measures to combat the spread of the virus. In Uganda which has 15 cases so far, Yoweri Museveni has declared a total lockdowm of the country for 14 days. In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered a dusk to dawn curfew starting today Friday 7pm. Rwanda and other surrounding countries have also taken important measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19. This is also the same in South Africa and Nigeria.
Tanzania on the other hand has chosen to implement the WHO directives while maintaining their day to day activities. Speaking about a week ago, President John Pombe Magufuli urged Tanzanians to stay safe but also dispel fears being instilled by the virus. He noted that all must continue working in their various stations as they fight the pandemic.
In the US, President Trump has just informed the media that he has held talks with President Xi of China to see how best to tackle the virus. He has said that the US will work together with China to control the pandemic acknowledging the work so far done by the country.
US has also set it out to the world their healthcare system is overwhelmed and needs fresh practitioners from other countries including Africa.