Ivory Coast confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a local national who had recently stayed in Italy, the Government revealed.
Africa has so far mostly escaped large numbers of cases of the epidemic that has spread across 110 countries since first emerging in China in December, 2019.
In a statement, the country’s health ministry said the case is a 45-year-old man whose symptoms were detected on Tuesday and who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
The ministry added that the infected patient was quickly taken care of in an Abidjan hospital and his clinical status is stable.
All people the man had contact with have been identified and authorities were following up.
There are about 20 cases in Sub-Saharan Africa so far in South Africa, Nigeria, DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal, and Togo, according to the WHO, which is far less than most other regions outside the continent.