Cameroonian student contracts coronavirus




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A 21-year-old Cameroonian student in China has become first African known to be diagnosed with deadly coronavirus.

In a statement, Yangtze said student being treated in hospital in southern Jingzhou city after contracting illness while on a visit to Wuhan city, epicentre of .

He had returned to Jingzhou, where he lived, on 19 January, before a lockdown imposed in Wuhan to the spread of the coronavirus, which has more 200 .

The BBC’s Killian Ngala reports from Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé that the case has renewed concerns about the safety of some 300 Cameroonians quarantined in Wuhan with little access to water, and surgical masks.

In its statement, the said: “The has provided psychological comfort to the student and has reported the situation to his parents and the embassy.

The has provided psychological comfort to the student and has reported the situation to his parents and the embassy.

“At present, the student is actively cooperating with the treatment in the hospital.

His body temperature has been normal for two consecutive days.

“He has good spirit and a healthy appetite and his vital organs are stable.”

Thousands of African students study in China. They have made desperate appeals to their governments to evacuate them or to give them more support while they are trapped in Wuhan.

Last week, Cameroonians in Wuhan wrote a letter to President Paul Biya, saying their embassy in Beijing had been largely uncooperative and they were short of basic necessities. (BBC)