Mauritania records first coronavirus death

Written by on April 1, 2020

Mauritania has declared its first fatality from coronavirus, adding to the growing death toll on the African continent.

Reports gathered that The victim is a 48-year-old French-Mauritanian dual national who tested positive for the virus after she died.

The woman had been quarantined alongside 16 other French nationals who landed in the West African state in mid-March, in one of the last flights to reach Mauritania before it banned international arrivals.

N’Diaye Mamadou, an official in charge of the isolation centre in the capital Nouakchott, told state TV that the woman’s case was unusual because she did not initially present symptoms.

She said the woman began to feel ill on Sunday evening, before her condition worsened on Monday morning. She then died en route hospital on Monday.

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