The dreaded Coronavirus has finally landed in the continent of Africa in less than one month after it was declared a World Emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). The minister of health in Egypt confirmed on Friday, February 14, 2020, that the Northern Africa country has recorded its first case of the deadly disease.
A joint statement issued by the Egypt health ministry in conjunction with the country’s population ministry said the victim of the virus is a “foreigner” and showed no “symptoms” of the virus before he was tested positive.
The Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed told the press on Friday that the laboratory tests which were conducted for the suspected case at Cairo International Airport, resulted in a positive virus, however, the infected person was still stable.
Mugahed said Egyptian authorities have notified the World Health Organization and the patient has been placed in isolation in a hospital for treatment and monitoring. The spokesman, however, failed to mention the nationality of the victim.
The discovering of the case by the Egyptian authorities came as a result of the Egypt Health ministry’s precaution plan to follow-up with the travellers coming from the countries which recorded Infections with coronavirus.
In reaction to Egypt health ministry press statement, a representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, John Gabor appreciated Egypt’s transparency in dealing with the situation, and “its keenness to inform WHO of the case as soon as it was discovered”.
This is the first time in the history of the outbreak which is officially known as COVID-19, was reported in an Africa country. This means that the Coronavirus has touched virtually all the continents of the world.
The outbreak of the disease which started in Wuhan, China, has spread to over 20 countries in Asia, Europe, America, and now Africa. According to figures released today, Saturday, February 15, 2020, the Coronavirus has killed over 1,500 people and infected over 66,000 people mostly in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.