Coronavirus Update: Africa Records First Coronavirus Case Ivory Coast

Coronavirus Update: Africa Records First Coronavirus Case Ivory Coast

World Health Organisation (WHO),  explain that a coronavirus is a family of viruses that “include the common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).”

The world’s leading scientists have zoned in on Wuhan, a city in mainland China, to try and locate the source of the coronavirus. This is crucial in determining a vaccine appropriate for humans.

The Chinese government has tried, by all means, to lock down the city and cordon off all entry and exit points. However, there have been cases reported in the United States, as well as Africa.

An unnamed student, a 34-year-old woman,  currently in isolation,  returned to the West African country from Beijing on Saturday.

According to officials, if the case is confirmed, the woman who is undergoing further tests after showing flu-like symptoms, will be the first case of the novel coronavirus in Africa.

Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said, in a statement, that early observations lean towards pneumonia but she also displayed flu-like symptoms like coughing, sneezing and respiratory problems, which are red flags for coronavirus.

“Her general state is satisfactory. There are, at this stage, suspicions of a case of pneumonia tied to the coronavirus,” the statement read.

The woman’s test results were being expected on Sunday evening. Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, Nigeria and other African countries have introduced extra screening on flights arriving from China.

According CNN report, the virus has already claimed more than 100 lives and recorded infections have skyrocketed to over 4 500 cases.

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According to the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, these are the latest infection and fatality figures:

Africa has not been included in this table because tests of the suspected patient have not yet been concluded.

Countries Cases Deaths
Mainland China 4 515 106
Hong Kong 8
Macao 5
Australia 5
Cambodia 1
Canada 1
France 3
Germany 1
Japan 4
Malaysia 4
Nepal 1
Singapore 5
South Korea 4
Sri Lanka 1
Thailand 8
Taiwan 4
United States 5
Vietnam 2