Some African countries at risk for the new coronavirus aren’t prepared

SENEGAL-CHINA-VIRUS-EPIDEMICScientists at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal, research the new coronavirus. | Photo by SEYLLOU/AFP via Getty Images

A handful of countries in Africa are at a high risk of importing the new coronavirus because of the volume of air traffic between those countries and China, a new model shows. But some aren’t well-prepared to deal with infections if they arrive.

Right now, Africa only has one confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, after a person in Egypt tested positive for the virus last week. But global public health experts have been concerned about the potential for a wider spread in African countries.

“Our greatest concern is about the potential for spread in countries with weaker health systems,” Tedros Adhanom, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said in a press conference at the start of…

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Author: Nicole Wetsman