Africa has recorded its first case of the Coronavirus also known as Covid-19.
This comes as a foreigner who had been put in isolation at a hospital in Egypt tested positive for the disease.
In a statement, Egyptian health ministry said it had informed the World Health Organisation and had taken all necessary preventive measures.
It did not give the nationality of the affected person or any other details.
A total of 17 African countries, including Nigeria, have confirmed having facilities where the disease can be detected.
The death toll of the disease in Wuhan China is now close to 1,400 with more than 1,700 health workers among the 64,000 persons infected with the virus.
WHO has said it could take 18 months for the first vaccine for Coronavirus to be ready.
Apart from Egypt, other countries where the virus has been confirmed are Singapore, UK, Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, Vietnam, Germany, UAE, France and Japan.