Senegal has confirmed the second case of coronavirus after a patient tested positive for the virus, the country’s health ministry said.
The patient according to health officials is an 80-year-old French national who arrived in the country on 29 February.
Just like the first patient who tested positive last week, this patient is now being treated at a hospital in the capital city, Dakar.
The earlier case involved a Frenchman who also traveled into the country last month.
So far Africa has recorded 12 cases, Egypt (2), Algeria (3) and Nigeria (1) Tunisia (1) Morocco (1) and Senegal (2).
More than 90,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths have been recorded in some 60 countries worldwide. Africa has relatively reported of low outbreak rate.
The World Health Organization is hopeful countries in sub-Saharan Africa currently without testing equipment would soon have one to conduct more tests.
Victims of coronavirus often suffer from respiratory illness. The virus is a global public health emergency, according to the World Health Organisation.
The WHO has advised that people stay at home if they begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and a slight runny nose, until they recover.