Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms the first case in sub-Saharan Africa

Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms the first case in sub-Saharan Africa

The first case of the coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa has been confirmed in Nigeria.

The patient is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and flew into the commercial city of Lagos from Milan on 25 February.

Authorities say he is stable with no serious symptoms and is being treated at a hospital in the city.

Elsewhere on the continent, Algeria and Egypt have also confirmed cases of the disease.

The World Health Organization had warned that Africa’s “fragile health systems” meant the threat posed by the virus “is considerable”.

Globally, more than 80,000 people in nearly 50 countries have been infected. Nearly 2,800 have died, the majority in China’s Hubei province.

Source: BBC

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