The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that the window of opportunity that Africa has had to prepare for the novel coronavirus is closing as a second case was confirmed there.
Algeria’s health ministry reported the country’s first case of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, after tests indicated that an Italian man who arrived in the country on Feb. 17 had tested positive.
Africa’s first COVID-19 case was reported earlier this month in Egypt.
Algeria is one of the 47 countries in the WHO African region.
“This is the first case in the WHO African region,” Dr.