Two suspected cases of coronavirus registered in Africa

The deadly Wuhan coronavirus might have reached the African continent as one woman was tested for the disease in Cote d’Ivoire and one man – in Kenya.

With over 4, 000 registered cases, the coronavirus 2019-nCoV has already claimed 106 lives and, besides China, was confirmed in Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Canada, the US, France, and Germany.

The first person tested for the virus in Africa is a 34-year-old female student who had come from Beijing to the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan on Saturday. According to Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, she was coughing, sneezing and experienced difficulty breathing.

The second case was recorded today in Kenya where another student with similar symptoms landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport coming from Guangzhou, China.

“It is true we have a patient who showed symptoms similar to those of Coronavirus and has been isolated,” Hezekiah Gikambi, Kenyatta National Hospital’s Communications Manager.

The final diagnosis for both students will be made after the analysis of the results of the test.

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