South Africa reports first case of local transmission of coronavirus




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coronavirus – fueling concerns that sub-Saharan African health systems could be overwhelmed if local transmission accelerates.

Sub-Saharan Africa has reported far fewer cases of coronavirus than in Europe or China, but some analysts worry it could spread rapidly in poor or overcrowded areas.

’s Health Ministry said a 32-year-old man contracted the virus after contact a Chinese businessman.

The ministry said “all others have been by who had travelled abroad adding that the number of confirmed cases had risen to 17 from 13 on Wednesday.

has not reported any deaths from coronavirus.

According to a Reuters tally, since the outbreak began in central China in December, more than 126,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus around the world and more than 4,600 have died.

has stepped up screening at ports of entry to try to limit the risk of new but has not imposed bans on travel to China or other badly affected countries.

The government dispatched a plane to repatriate more than 100 South African citizens living under lockdown conditions in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

None of those being repatriated have for coronavirus.

(Reuters/NAN)