By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

UN officials reported a coronavirus disease 2019 case (COVID-19) case in Senegal, the latest country to  report a case on the African continent.

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The case-patient is a 33-year-old French national who has been a resident in Senegal for the past two years but travelled to Nimes and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, France from 13-25 February 2020 and returned to Senegal on 26 February 2020 and developed a flu-like illness on 27 February 2020.

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Tests results released by the Institut Pasteur Dakar, Senegal on 2 March 2020 returned positive for SARS-CoV-2 by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR).

Other countries in Africa to report cases include Egypt (2), Nigeria (1) and Algeria (5). All the cases
in Africa occurred among travellers or people with links to exposure in either China, France or Italy.