Africa has recorded its first case of COVID-19 on Friday as a foreigner who had been put in isolation at a hospital in Egypt tested positive for the disease.
Egyptian Health Ministry issued a statement saying it had informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) and had taken all necessary preventative measures. The statement did not give the nationality of the affected person or any other details.
17 African countries, including Nigeria, have confirmed having facilities to detect the disease. Apart from Egypt, other countries where the virus has been confirmed are Singapore, UK, Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, Vietnam, Germany, UAE, France and Japan.
Other countries where cases of the disease have been reported are Thailand, Canada, Australia, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Cambodia, and the United States.
WHO said it could take 18 months for the first vaccine for coronavirus to be ready.