- The first case of the coronavirus has been officially confirmed in Algeria by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- The affected person, whose identity is yet to be disclosed, travelled from Italy to Algeria with someone else
- The two travellers were tested and the affected one has been quarantined and is receiving special medical care
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The first confirmed case of the coronavirus has been recorded in Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that this was recorded in Algeria.
Its regional director-general for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, explained that "The window of opportunity the continent has had to prepare for coronavirus is closing. All countries must ramp up their preparedness activities."
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The virus was detected in a traveller who arrived from Italy, which is one of the affected countries.
Algerian authorities say the yet-to-be-named traveller visited the country on Monday, 17 February.
Algeria’s health minister, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, said the affected traveller visited the country with another person.
They were both sent to the Pasteur Hospital in Algiers for tests to be conducted, after which it was confirmed that one of them had the virus.
The affected person, Benbouzid noted, has been quarantined and is receiving special medical treatment.
An earlier report of a possible infection in Egypt turned out to be negative, making the case in Algeria the first official case on the continent.
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In other news, Senegal has launched what has been described as the largest wind power plant in West Africa.
This is in line with efforts to commit to renewable energy solutions. The zero-emissions power plant is designed to provide up to 15% of energy production provided by Senelec, the country’s national electricity company.
The plant, which has a capacity of 158 megawatts, is located at Taiba Ndiaye, which is about 86km from Dakar, the nation’s capital.
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