The Algerian Health Minister has confirmed the country’s first case of the coronavirus in an announcement on state-owned ENTV on Tuesday evening.
The minister, Abdel Rahman Ben Bouzid, said the patient is an Italian man who arrived in the country on February 17, Reuters news agency reports.
The patient has been placed in isolation. Algeria becomes the second African country with a confirmed case of coronavirus. Egypt was the first to report a confirmed case of the disease but later announced that the patient had been declared clear of the infection and was on the way to recovery.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has sought the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping for students in the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
Abiy said he discussed support for the students with Xi and said he was pleased that China would be “providing special care and support to Ethiopian students”.
The prime minister hailed China’s efforts in containing coronavirus.
Xi was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying he appreciates the support African countries have given to China.
He said Africa had “illustrated brotherly friendship” during the coronavirus outbreak.—BBC