Health workers in Ethiopia have confirmed its first case of the coronavirus in a Japanese citizen.
This is coming a few hours after Ghana and Kenya reported their first case of the virus. So far, over 8 countries have recorded positive cases in sub-Saharan Africa.
A statement signed by the Ethiopian health minister, Lia Tadesse, says “the patient is a 48-year-old Japanese citizen who came to Ethiopia on March 4th from Burkina Faso and is currently isolated at a facility undergoing a medical procedure and he is in good condition.”
Identification of those who made a close contact with the patient is still ongoing.
According to the health minister, the country is prepared to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
Here’s the full statement below.