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East Africa Regional Body Rolls Out Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 46 out of 54 African countries have reported cases of Covid-19, with 72 deaths and 210 recoveries throughout the continent.

The breakdown of cases per region shows that North Africa has been the hardest hit, with 1,159 cases, while South Africa in the southern region has individually the highest number of cases, at 709.

Tanzania’s Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said on Thursday that their first patient has been cured after testing positive 11 days ago.

“I am happy to announce our first patient for Covid-19 has tested negative in all three tests taken…we are now on final stages for her discharge,” said Mwalimu.

The 46-year-old woman had returned from Belgium aboard a RwandAir plane on March 15, and tested positive after her arrival in Arusha.

East Africa rolls out mobile testing centres

The East African Community (EAC) is heading the response with a Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) that will oversee communication and risk assessment, as well as logistics.

A statement from the EAC said that the committee deployed mobile laboratories and testingkits in 4×4 vehicles that have been fitted with laboratory and testing equipment. The 4x4s are being dispatched from EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

West Africa

The Ghanaian government confirmed three deaths out of their 54 reported coronavirus cases in the country on Thursday, according to a statement from the ministry of information.