Eritrea has officially declared itself coronavirus-free after all 39 patients successfully recovered from COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health statement said the 39th patient had been discharged from hospital as at 15th May, 2020.

Eritrea joins the league of countries like  Mauritania and Mauritius who have recorded full recoveries. Mauritania has however since recorded new cases.

Eritrea is also among the African countries yet to record deaths from the COVID-19 virus as of May 15. Others are Madagascar, Central Africa Republic, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Lesotho, Rwanda and Uganda.