KIGALI, Rwanda

Niger announced its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus Thursday.  

The patient, a 36-year-old Niger citizen, had recently traveled to Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. 

It added that the patient is in stable condition after receiving treatment. 

Niger has taken several measures to prevent the entry of the coronavirus, including closing its land borders and international airports in Niamey and Zinder. 

Understanding how the pandemic will evolve in Africa is still a work in progress, according to health experts. 

They underline that the response will need to

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