Coronavirus hits Africa as student who arrived from China tests positive in Ivory Coast

Health authorities in Ivory Coast are investigating a suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus in a female student who arrived from China, officials have said.

The student, whom authorities have not named, is the first person to be tested for the virus on the continent, CNN reports.

The virus has killed at least 80 people in the mainland Chinese city of Wuhan.

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The 34-year-old student traveled from Beijing to the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan on Saturday and was coughing, sneezing and experienced difficulty breathing, Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said in statement.
The student was moved to a safe location upon arrival at the airport and is currently under medical observation, the ministry said.

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Authorities believe it is highly likely a case of pneumonia and not coronavirus, but the final diagnosis will be made after the analysis of the results of the test, the ministry said.

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