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Across the Continent, African Authorities on High Alert for Coronavirus

Mark RALSTON / AFP

African health authorities across the continent are now actively screening passengers at key ports of entries, particularly international airports, to screen passengers for the flu-like symptoms that highlight the deadly coronavirus that has infected thousands in China and killed several dozen people.

African policymakers are understandably concerned that if an outbreak of the virus occurs in their country, they may not have the resources to combat it in a timely manner. Already, security officers in Nigeria’s airports have expressed concern that they lack the necessary resources to properly screen and quarantine travelers suspected of being infected with the virus. The situation is likely similar in most other African countries as well.

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