Cameroon on Saturday confirmed its second case of coronavirus which causes a potentially deadly respiratory disease known as COVID-19. Authorities said the person was quarantined in a Yaounde hospital.
Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie said the patient is a Cameroonian who was in close contact with a 58-year-old French national who arrived in the capital Yaounde on February 24 and tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.
“Both patients have been isolated at the Yaounde Central Hospital and are currently receiving adequate treatment,” the minister said in a statement.
Malachie urged Cameroonians to be more vigilant and talk to a health worker if they had traveled out of the country recently or had been in close contact with a traveler from countries affected by coronavirus.
The coronavirus has continued to spread. On Sunday morning, there were at least 45 cases of coronavirus reported in 9 African countries – , Cameroon, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt – as infections neared 108,000 worldwide in at least 107 countries.
In Algeria, there were 17 cases of coronavirus infection, 16 of them in the same family. Egypt has reported 15 cases. There were also four people infected in Senegal, three in South Africa, two in Morocco, two in Cameroon, and one each in Nigeria, Tunisia and Togo, according to virus tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins.
A Nigerian had also tested positive for coronavirus in the United States, Washington D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser announced at a news conference on Saturday night.