Sierra Leone records first coronavirus case


Sierra Leone is the latest African country to record its first case of the new coronavirus.

In a televised press conference on Tuesday, President Julius Maada Bio said the patient is a 37-year-old man who arrived in the country from France on March 16.

The man had been quarantined on arrival in the West African state, Bio said.

The president also said authorities were aggressively tracing people who may have come into contact with the infected patient, and urged people to report anyone with coronavirus symptoms to the authorities.

Sierra Leone had been one of the few countries in Africa to have reported zero cases, despite neighbouring Guinea and Liberia having detected infections.

The remaining African countries without any reported case of the infection are South Sudan, Burundi, Sao Tome and Principe, Malawi, Lesotho and Comoros.


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