Cameroon latest African country to confirm first case of coronavirus

By Josiane Kouagheu and Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 6, 2020

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DOUALA - Cameroon's health ministry on Friday confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the Central African country.

The patient is a 58-year-old French citizen who arrived in the capital Yaounde on Feb. 24, it said in a statement.

More details will follow. 

On Thursday, South Africa also confirmed its first case of coronavirus when Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed a 38-year-old man who had travelled to Italy with his wife was tested positive. The man had returned to South Africa via Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, before taking a connecting flight to Durban.

The man from the KZN Midlands experienced fever, headache and malaise three days later and reported to a private doctor. The man and his family are currently under self-isolation and a team of health experts from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the Department of Health are responding to the matter. 

Eight others who travelled with the couple to Italy are being tracked closely by health authorities. 

Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Sudan are the other African countries where coronavirus has been confirmed. 

Reuters and IOL

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