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Nigeria on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020,” Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said in a statement on Twitter

Prior to the case in Nigeria, just two cases had surfaced across all of Africa  in Egypt and in Algeria — a tally that had puzzled health specialists, given the continent’s close economic ties with China.

The World Health Organization warned earlier this week that African health systems were ill-equipped to respond to the deadly coronavirus outbreak should cases start to proliferate on the continent.

The deadly coronavirus has so far affected about 83,387 people with 2,859 deaths recorded.


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