Finally, Africa, the continent was almost slipped away from the grip of the menacing coronavirus infection, finally found fall as a prey to the disease.
As of March 19, 33 African countries had reported more than 600 cases and 17 deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. More than 40 people have recovered.
But Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said on Wednesday that the number of cases in the continent was likely higher and urged African countries to "wake up" to the increasing threat.
"The best advice for Africa is to prepare for the worst and prepare today," he said. Now, Africa too began to implement strict measures such as travel bans, prohibition of mass gatherings, shut down of schools and governments.
Nigeria, the continent's most populous country, barred entry to arrivals from 13 badly-hit countries. A host of other African countries have also followed similar measures.