Africa remains vigilant in screening for the coronavirus

A passenger wears a mask as she waits at passport control in Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, on January 30, 2020, following an outbreak of coronavirus in China. - As of January 30, some 7,700 cases have been confirmed in China, its country of origin, with at least 170 fatalities. The virus has spread from the city of Wuhan across China to more than 15 countries, with about 60 cases in Asia, Europe, North America and, most recently, the Middle East. (Photo by Michael Tewelde / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP via Getty Images)

Africa has luckily had no reported cases of the novel corona-virus outbreak however, several countries remain vigilant in ensuring thorough screening for any suspected cases.

South Sudan’s government has launched a corona-virus screening center at Juba International Airport.

Governments are working hard to ensure that its citizens are not sent into a frenzied panic by ensuring proper information and medical centers are prepared to handle any case that may come.

Kenya’s Dr. Loice Ombajo an infectious disease specialist says staying informed and understanding how you can protect yourself and others from possible infection is how we can maintain a low risk advantage.

Many African governments already have strict measures in place to monitor inbound travelers. While many in Mauritius support the country’s current quarantine policies, some are calling on the government to go even further.

Kenya’s Raphael Tuju, the secretary general of the Jubilee Party, as well as the country’s cabinet secretary without portfolio, talked to CGTN Africa about the novel corona-virus outbreak.He commended China’s handling of the virus. He also sent his condolences to loved ones of those killed by the corona-virus.