Barely a week after Africa got a clean bill of health on coronavirus disease, a fresh case has been recorded in Algeria.
Africa’s first suspected case was in Egypt but further tests later revealed that the patient was negative. In Algeria however, there is certainty this time. An Italian citizen who arrived in the North African country in mid February tested positive to the virus.
Italy is currently the most affected part of Europe with over 100 cases recorded so far and multiple deaths.
“One case was confirmed positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), out of two suspected cases (both) of Italian nationality,” the North African country’s health ministry said in a broadcast.
The patient’s identity has not yet been revealed.
The coronavirus outbreak began in China in 2019 and has affected over 80,000 people so far with nearly 3000 deaths.
Africa has remained relatively free of the virus.