African Countries Brace for Spread of Coronavirus

In December 2019, a number of people in China fell ill with what was soon confirmed to be a newly identified coronavirus, provisionally dubbed 2019-nCoV. As of 26 January 2020, 2,014 laboratory-confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV have been reported by the World Health Organisation, with 56 fatalities. The virus has reportedly spread to five other countries: Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US. In Africa, governments across the continent are working on contingency plans and issuing travel advisories.

Airport workers wear face masks at China's Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.


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