The West African nation of Gambia has recorded its first coronavirus death.
Nigeria which so far has 36 cases earlier today recorded its first death.
The victim is a 70-year-old Bangladeshi man who travelled to Gambia from Senegal on March 13, Gambia Health Minister Amadou Samateh said on national television.
Samateh also reported an additional case of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to two.
Many African nations have taken preventive measures like banning or restricting travel and public gatherings as well as closing borders, schools and houses of worship.
Africa which had been largely spared from the pandemic is now seeing more cases with more than 1,000 cases and at least 19 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation and individual country reports.
There are concerns that the weak national health systems in Africa will make it easy for it to be quickly overwhelmed by the pandemic.