An Italian who works in Nigeria returned from Milan on Tuesday and tested positive for the virus on Thursday.
It is the third case of coronavirus in Africa, the first in Sub-Saharan Africa. On February 14, 2020, Egypt announced the first case of Covid-19 in Africa. Algeria declared it had a case on Tuesday, an Italian adult who arrived in the country on 17 February.
As the continent prepares for more cases, family doctor Peter Lin provides advice on what the coronavirus is and how to protect ourselves.
The coronavirus outbreak has killed thousands of people in China and spread to close to 50 other countries, including hardest hit Italy in Europe.
The World Health Organization said at a press briefing on Friday that at least 14 cases of Covid 19 have been exported from Italy to other countries.
The Director General of the WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the outbreak can still be contained.
He said more than 20 vaccines are in development worldwide and results are expected in a few weeks.
He called on countries to educate their populations, test people, trace all contacts linked to an infected person.
He called on people to clean their hands regularly with soap, educate themselves about Covid-19 and take several other precautions.
Dr. Ghebreyesus said the greatest threat the world faces at this moment about coronavirus is not the virus itself but fear, rumor and stigma.