Surveillance and screening on the novel coronavirus is being enhanced across Africa as reports of the existence of the virus on the continent remain yet unconfirmed, a senior African Union (AU) official said Tuesday.

Diseases Control and Prevention director John Nkengasong told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa that “rumors” would likely circulate around suspected coronavirus cases, without rejecting the risk of Africa importing the virus given the continent’s strong links with China.

Concerns have mounted after reports emerged on a suspected coronavirus case in Ivory Coast on Monday.

“It is very possible that we have

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