Cote d’Ivoire has recorded its first coronavirus death, a statement issued by the country’s health minister, Eugene Aoule on Sunday March 29, confirmed.
Though no further details was given about the victim including his age and gender, Eugene Aoule also announced 25 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 165.
The announcement was made few days after Ivorian President, Alasanne Ouattara declared a ‘state of emergency’ and imposed a 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. curfew. The country’s borders were closed and ‘unauthorised’ travel between cities were also banned. Ouattara also ordered the closure of all restaurants in the country.
“In the fight that we are waging against the propagation of Covid-19, our principal enemy will be indiscipline and non-respect of preventive orders.”