- The first case of the coronavirus has been officially confirmed in Algeria by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- The affected person, whose identity is yet to be disclosed, travelled from Italy to Algeria with someone else
- The two travellers were tested and the affected one has been quarantined and is receiving special medical care
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Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that the first case of the coronavirus has been recorded in Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that this was recorded in Algeria.
Its regional director-general for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, explained that "the window of opportunity the continent has had to prepare for Coronavirus is closing. All countries must ramp up their preparedness activities."
The virus was detected in a traveller who arrived from Italy which is one of the affected countries.
Algerian authorities say the yet-to-be-named traveller visited the country on Monday, February 17, 2020.
Per a Business Insider report, Algeria’s health minister, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, said the affected traveller visited the country with another person.
They were both sent to the Pasteur Hospital in Algiers for tests to be conducted after which it was detected one of them had the virus.
The affected person, Benbouzid noted, has been quarantined and is receiving special medical treatment.
YEN.com.gh understands that an earlier report of a possible infection in Egypt turned out to be negative, making that of Algeria the first official case on the continent.
In other news, Senegal has launched what has been described as the largest wind power plant in West Africa.
This, YEN.com.gh has learned, is in line with efforts to commit to renewable energy solutions. The zero-emissions power plant is designed to provide up to 15% of energy production provided by Senelec, the country’s national electricity company.
The plant, which has a capacity of 158 megawatts is located at Taiba Ndiaye, which is about 86km from Dakar, the nation’s capital.
Per a report by cnn.com, the power plant was reportedly built in 24 months and has been described as a new step in the energy market towards an emerging Senegal, by the president, Macky Sall.
The power plant was reportedly built by Lekela, a British renewable power company, which also operates wind farms in Egypt and South Africa.
Per a plan designed by the government, the power sector would be a key component of a plan to make the country an emerging economy by 2025.
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