The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday the death toll from the virus known as COVID-19 stands at 17 in Africa as more countries on the continent recorded first cases in past 24 hours.

The WHO said “633 confirmed #COVID19 cases in #Africa in 33 countries and 17 deaths,” in a tweet. “In past 24 hrs, The Gambia, Mauritius & Zambia have announced first cases.”

The WHO also assured it “is supporting countries with surveillance, diagnostics & treatment.”

COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to at least 159 countries and territories. The WHO declared the

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