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With the second case of COVID-19 being confirmed in Africa, the World Health Organisation advise all African countries to be prepared

Algeria’s government has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19.

Health authorities report that an Italian adult, who arrived in the country on 17 February 2020, has tested positive for coronavirus disease.

Africa’s first COVID-19 case was reported earlier this month in Egypt.

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All African countries must be prepared

“This is the first case in the WHO African region,” says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “The window of opportunity the continent has had to prepare for coronavirus disease is closing. All countries must ramp up their preparedness activities.”

Along with South Africa, Algeria is one of 13 countries the WHO identified as a top priority for preparedness measures due to direct links or a high volume of travel to China.

WHO is preparing to deploy a team of experts to Algeria to support health authorities.

Source: The World Health Organisation

According to the latest update on the Johns Hopkins University’s GIS dashboard, which tracks the global spread of the virus, there are currently 82 446 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 with 78 497 being in mainland China.

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