- The world is waiting with bated breath to see the outcome of the coronavirus outbreak
- Over 100 deaths have been reported in China, and the virus appears to be spreading despite controls being hastily put in place
- Briefly.co.za explores the situation as it stands, and Africa's place amid the global panic
The coronavirus 2019-nCoV is making headlines across the globe as reports of it spreading to other continents emerge.
The World Health Organisation has explained that the virus is part of a family of viruses that includes the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome.
The disease has already taken 100 lives in mainland China and now reports have indicated an unconfirmed case has been noted in Africa.
CNN reports that a 34-year-old woman has become the first African to be tested for the virus. A student, the African citizen had travelled from Beijing to the Ivory Coast over the weekend.
Authorities spotted symptoms of the virus and promptly placed the woman in quarantine until further tests could be conducted.
A statement issued by the Ivory Coast's Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene noted that early observations hinted towards pneumonia, but the similar symptoms could not be ignored:
“Her general state is satisfactory. There are, at this stage, suspicions of a case of pneumonia tied to the coronavirus."
Reports indicate that 4 500 infections have been recorded across the globe, with concerns that the measures put into place by the Chinese government came too late.
Closer to home, Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Health had assured citizens that the necessary measures had been put into place to protect South Africa from an outbreak.
OR Tambo International Airport is currently the only option for travellers to get to China and those moving through the region are being closely monitored upon arrival in Mzansi.
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