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First African to contract coronavirus in China, 21-year old Cameroonian student, Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, has recovered Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021

The first African to contract coronavirus in China, 21-year old Cameroonian student, Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, has recovered

Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, who lives in the Chinese city of Jingzhou is under a 14-day quarantine.

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He was suffering from a fever, a dry cough, and flu-like symptoms.

Reports quoted him as saying he was ready to die in China rather thsn taking the virus to Africa.

“No matter what happens I don’t want to take the sickness back to Africa,” he said from his university dormitory.

BBC quoted him as revealing that when he became ill he thought of his time as a child in Cameroon when he contracted malaria and feared the worse.

“When I was going to the hospital for the first time I was thinking about my death and how I thought it was going to happen,” he said.

For 13 days he remained in isolation in a local Chinese hospital. He was treated with antibiotics and drugs typically used to treat HIV patients. After two weeks of care he began to show signs of recovery.

The CT scan showed no trace of the illness. He became the first African person known to be infected with the deadly coronavirus and the first to recover. His medical care was covered by the Chinese state, BBC said.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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