The government of Botswana has announced its first suspected case of the coronavirus. The nation is currently investigating the situation, too close to home for comfort.
The coronavirus has been declared a global emergency, with over 100 confirmed deaths due to the disease.
While the first suspected case in Africa was noted in the Ivory Coast, the latest case reported is in neighbouring Botswana.
In a statement issued on social media, the country's ministry of health and wellness commented:
"Botswana registered its first ever suspected case of coronavirus on January 30 2020.”
The suspected victim has travelled into the country through the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, arriving on an Ethiopian Airways flight from China.
TimesLIVE reports that the person is being monitored under quarantine at a hospital in the country's capital, Gaborone.
The government issued a range of precautions for travellers to take, including:
- Practise good hygiene and avoid crowded places
- Seek medical attention if you experience fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, fatigue and headaches
- Passengers and crew members who experience these symptoms should promptly present themselves to health care officials
- Ensure you are screened at points of entry in order to diagnose any threats early
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had promised the nation that every precaution was being taken to ensure South Africa does not experience a breakout.
As things stand, no cases have been reported in South Africa, with no plans in place to evacuate citizens in China where the virus is believed to have originated from.
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