COVID-19: Sierra Leone Confirms First Coronavirus Case
As the Coronavirus spread its tentacles globally, on 31st March,Sierra Leone records her first case .
Sierra Leone has recorded its first case of the new coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday, making it the latest African country to record a case.
President Julius Maada Bio,In a televised press conference, said that a 37-year-old man who arrived in the country from France on March 16 had tested positive.
He said the man had been quarantined on arrival in the West African state
“It was not a matter of whether, but when. Ladies and gentlemen, the when is here,” the president said.
Over time Sierra Leone had been one of the few countries in Africa to have reported zero cases, in spite of neighbouring countries Guinea and Liberia having detected infections.
On Tuesday 31st March, Bio said authorities were aggressively tracing people who may have come into contact with the infected patient, and urged people to report anyone with coronavirus symptoms to the authorities.
The government had already announcement anti-virus measures. Land borders are closed, international flights banned, and schools were shut from Tuesday until further notice, among other measures.
He took to his twitter handle to address the situation, he stated that " Sierra Leone has registered its index case of COVID-19. From now on, I direct that health teams proactively seek out and compulsorily test all suspected cases. We strongly urge citizens to observe all hygiene and social distancing protocols."