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Africa records first case of coronavirus

One week after Africa got a clean bill of health on coronavirus disease, an Italian citizen has tested positive for the disease in Algeria.

“One case was confirmed positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), out of two suspected cases (both) of Italian nationality,” the North African country’s health ministry said in a broadcast.

The victim’s identity was not stated and the hospital where he is currently being treated was not made public.

The virus, which broke out in Wuhan, China, has now infected more than 80,000 globally, killing at least 2,700. WHO declared it a global health emergency.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iraj Harirchi, Iran’s deputy health minister, announced that he had contracted the disease and would state treatment immediately.

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