ABUJA, Nigeria

Malawi confirmed its first three cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, becoming the 50th African nation to be infected.     

President Peter Mutharika said on national television that a 61-year-old Indian national had tested positive for the virus. 

The woman is in quarantine and in stable condition, said Mutharika. 

He added that two people who had close contact with her have also tested positive. 

Only Lesotho, Comoros, South Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe remain free of the virus.   

After first appearing in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, the virus, officially known as COVID-19,

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