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World Africa 28 Feb 2020 COVID 19 reaches Sub ...

COVID 19 reaches Sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria reports first case

AFP
Published Feb 28, 2020, 11:14 am IST
Updated Feb 28, 2020, 12:14 pm IST
The case is of an Italian who returned to Lagos from virus-affected Milan
AFP Photo
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Lagos: Nigeria on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020,” Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said in a statement on Twitter.

 

“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.”Prior to the case in Nigeria, just two cases had surfaced across all of Africa -- in Egypt and in Algeria -- a tally that had puzzled health specialists, given the continent's close economic ties with China.

The World Health Organization warned earlier this week that African health systems were ill-equipped to respond to the deadly coronavirus outbreak should cases start to proliferate on the continent.

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