Nigeria, May 28 -- Coronavirus is beginning to gain a foothold in Africa, a continent once perceived as one of the safest grounds to the disease.

More than three months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak has reached every nation on the continent of 1.2 billion people.

As of Thursday morning, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent exceeded 3,500, with fatalities including the former president of the Republic of the Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango; Somalia's former prime ministerz Nur Hassan Hussein; and President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and scores of health workers.

Nearly 120,000 infections have been reported, according to the Africa Cent...