The first case of Coronavirus has been recorded in Algeria, reportedly in an Italian man, state-owned television channel Algerie 2 reports.
The outbreak of the coronavirus in Algeria was confirmed after an Italian man with the virus arrived in Algeria on February 17.
“There were two Italian men but only one had symptoms of the virus,” Algerian Health Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid said in an aired news report.
Algeria is the second African country to record a confirmed case of Covid-19 after Egypt.
A recent study from medical journal the Lancet listed Algeria among the African countries at highest “importation risk” from China.
Morocco, according to the study, is among the countries at “moderation importation risk.”
Morocco has been putting in place strict health monitoring measures at borders in airports and ports to detect any possible cases. However, not all flights from affected countries are being screened for high temperatures.
The epidemic has killed more than 2,800 people in China, where the virus appeared first in December 2019. Other countries with numerous cases of the coronavirus include Italy, Iran, and South Korea.