BREAKING: Sierra Leone confirms first case of COVID-19

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Health workers put on protective gear before entering a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic on December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Health workers put on protective gear before entering a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic on December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Sierra Leone has become the latest African country to confirm the presence of COVID-19 in its territory, with the announcement of a verified case Tuesday afternoon.

President Julius Madaa Bio revealed in a televised address that the patient is a 37-year-old man who traveled to the West African country from France on March 16.

“When I did my first coronavirus press conference, I said that it was not a matter of if, but when. Well, ‘when’ has come,” Bio told viewers.

The revelation comes just hours after Botswana confirmed its first COVID-19 cases. The news means there are now only six African countries that have not confirmed any cases of the virus: Burundi, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Sao Tome & Principe and South Sudan.

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