More coronavirus cases in Senegal

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Senegalese authorities reported two new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to four since the first case was confirmed earlier this week.

Senegal is the only sub-Saharan African country beside Nigeria to confirm cases of the virus, which has infected more than 94 000 and killed over 3 200 around the world.

The health ministry said one of the new patients is the 68-year-old wife of the 80-year-old Frenchman from Paris whose case was confirmed on Wednesday. The couple arrived in Senegal on February 29.

The second patient is a 33-year-old British woman from London who arrived in Senegal on February 24, the ministry said.

The new patients are in stable condition at a hospital in Dakar and the earlier patients’ conditions are “evolving favourably”, it said.

Experts say it is not yet clear why sub-Saharan African countries register so few cases of the virus, which could challenge fragile health systems on the continent.