Bujumbura – Burundi has confirmed five new coronavirus cases, raising the country’s total number of infections to 11, the health ministry announced on Tuesday.
According to Health minister Thadée Ndikumana, the new patients were contacts of previously confirmed positive cases.
“Out of the 204 people who were tested for the virus, five results turned up positive,” said Mr. Ndikumana.
He revealed that four COVID-19 patients have so far been discharged after two consecutive negative results.
Africa Tembelea has also learnt that, Burundi’s first COVID-19 related fatality occurred last week in Bujumbura after one of the patients who tested positive for the virus died.
While strict lockdowns have affected many parts of Africa and the world, bars and restaurants remain open in Burundi, with the leadership ruling out similar curbs on citizens’ freedoms.