Egypt confirms coronavirus case, 1st in Africa
Egypt has reported the country's first coronavirus case, which is also the first in the African continent, the country's Health Ministry announced in a joint statement with the WHO.
The statement issued on Friday said the patient was a foreigner, without giving further details, reports the Cairo-based Al Ahram newspaper.
The person tested positive for the far-spreading virus but had not showed any symptoms, Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said, adding that he has been quarantined in a hospital.
To detect infected persons, the spokesman said that the Ministry has taken a number of measures, including an electronic programme to register and follow up on those who arrived in Egypt from countries inflicted with the virus and through teams that monitor them daily.