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First Coronavirus Case In Africa Confirmed

First Coronavirus Case In Africa Confirmed

The Egyptian Health Ministry has confirmed its first case of the deadly coronavirus, making it the first in Africa. In a statement released on Friday, Febuary 14, the authorities revealed they have notified the World Health Organization and the patient has been placed in isolation in a hospital for treatment and monitoring.

The nationality of the person was not given in the joint statement with the population ministry, which added that they had shown no “symptoms”.

“The ministry has taken preventative measures and is monitoring the patient, who is stable,”

the health ministry spokesman, Khaled Megahed, said.

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Egypt is believed to be the 28th country in the World to record a case of the killer virus and it is the first in Africa. Since the outbreak of the killer virus from Wuhan in China, more than 64,000 cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed around the world and 1,363 people have died so far.

Deep trade links with China and often overstretched health-care systems have raised concerns about the capacity of African countries to respond to an outbreak, but the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control says it is on top of the situation.

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