Egypt Records First Coronavirus Case In Africa

Laverne Higgins
February 14, 2020

From now on, the virus will be known as "COVID-19".

Authorities have notified the World Health Organization and the patient has been placed in isolation in a hospital for treatment and monitoring.

Among other efforts to contain and stop the COVID-19 outbreak, World Health Organization is hosting more than 400 scientists in Geneva to discuss ways to combat the disease.

WHO Egypt confirmed the news on its Twitter.

She added that the risk for the region, as globally, is high in view of the region's proximity to and connectivity with China and the epicentre of the outbreak - Wuhan. Experts and African leaders have expressed concern that should the virus spread there, it might wreak havoc among less developed countries with fewer health resources. "The situation is being monitored round-the-clock and we are holding review meetings daily". "And it is the decision of hosting countries and the organising agencies to make that decision", he added. The government has also set-up a 24x7 control room for the citizens for any query related to virus.

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The sufferer was not Egyptian, the ministry said in a statement, without specifying the nationality.

The new coronavirus infection has killed over 1,100 people and has sickened over 43,000, mostly in mainland China, but Tedros said "we have a realistic chance of stopping the #COVID19 outbreak". "However, this is a new disease and our understanding is changing rapidly", Dr. Singh said.

It was explained that discovering the case comes amid the ministry's precaution plan to follow-up with the travelers coming from the countries which recorded Infections with coronavirus.

In the United States, health authorities will begin testing patients with flu-like symptoms for coronavirus, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorities said Friday.

"Coronavirus" is actually the name of a large family of viruses, not the virus itself.

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