Ouagadougou, 01 April, 2020 / 7:28 am (ACI Africa).
The President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, has tested positive for COVID-19. The Burkinabe Prelate is the first African Cardinal known to have the virus that has infected at least 591,246 across the globe.
The news of the Cardinal’s positive test follows days after his compatriot, the Archbishop Emeritus of Koupela, Msgr. Séraphin François Rouamba also tested positive for COVID-19.
The Vicar General of Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou Archdiocese where Cardinal Ouédraogo is the Local Ordinary, announced Tuesday, March 31, “We come to inform you that this morning we received the results of the test of our Archbishop. The test is positive and he has been transferred to the former Genets clinic.”
The cardinal has been admitted to the Genet Clinic in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou after being taken ill over the weekend, the Communication officer for the Bishops' Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger Fr. Paul Dah told ACI Africa Tuesday, March 31.
According to Fr Dah, the Cardinal is reportedly “in good condition, and his close collaborators are reported to be self-isolating.”