Eight countries reported their first confirmed coronavirus cases Friday — including Mexico — as a World Health Organization spokesman said the deadly bug could reach most “if not all countries around the world.”
Mexico’s assistant health secretary, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said there is one male patient in Mexico City and another man in the northern state of Sinaloa.
While a second test is still pending on the Sinaloa case, “we are treating this as confirmed,” Lopez-Gatell said, adding that neither person is seriously ill.
One of the men had been in contact with someone who traveled to the northern Italian region battling a severe outbreak.
Nigeria also became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to confirm a case.
Nigerian officials said the infected person was an Italian citizen who entered the country Monday on a Turkish Airlines flight from Milan through Istanbul, according to The Guardian.
The man stayed at a hotel near the airport that evening and then continued to his workplace in neighboring Ogun state in the southwestern part of the country, the paper reported.
He was treated two days later at his company’s medical facility before health practitioners there notified government biosecurity officers, who transferred him Thursday to a containment facility in Yaba, Lagos.
He is described as clinically stable with no serious symptoms, authorities told the outlet.
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