The number increased after 89 people were tested for the virus including contact tracing of the previously infected patients. PHOTO|FILE
On Sunday 17th the Burundi health ministry announced 15 new Coronavirus cases according to the tests that were conducted earlier this month.
The number increased after 89 people were tested for the virus including contact tracing of the previously infected patients.
“An intervention team from the Ministry of Health conducted tests from May 9 to 15, 2020 among suspected cases of 18 people 4 of them tested positive,” a statement read from the health ministry.
According to the Burundian government 71 people were tested for the virus after contact tracing was conducted that turned up to have 11 of the contacts tested positive for the virus.
Among the 15 who were under treatment after being infected by the virus, 9 of them of which 8 were from Prince Louis Rwagasore Clinic and 1 from Central Polyclinique of Bujumbura were discharged from hospital after testing negative.
Currently the total number of COVID-19 cases in Burundi stands at 42 of which 20 recovered and discharged with one fatality.
The virus that originated from Wuhan (China) at the end of 2019, has globally infected over 4,000,000 people according to WHO, drowning around 300,000 deaths, and depicting approximatively 2,000,000 fatalities.
In East African Community, Kenya records the highest number of infections 887, Tanzania (509), Rwanda (295), South Sudan (290), and Uganda (227).
Among responses to contain the spread of coronavirus, countries applied total lockdowns or partial. Ahead of this week’s election May 20, 2020.