By Peter Pedroncelli
Africa has its first confirmed case of coronavirus after a person in Egypt tested positive for the disease.
The infected individual is a Chinese national visiting Egyptian and he has been kept in hospital isolation since his confirmed diagnosis on Feb. 14, according to Egypt’s health ministry.
The Egyptian case is the first confirmed instance of the coronavirus infection in Africa following the initial outbreak in December in the city of Wuhan, China.
The coronavirus has spread rapidly since the end of 2019. There are now more than 70,000 confirmed cases and in excess of 1,770 deaths in China as a result of the airborne virus.
It has since spread to 24 countries outside of China including the U.S., Japan, France, the U.K.,