Tanzania Health Minister, Ummy Mwalimu

Tanzania has confirmed first case of corona virus following the outbreak in December last year.

According to Ummy Mwalimu, Health Minister in Tanzanian, the patient is a 46 year old woman who arrived in the country yesterday from Belgium aboard a Rwanda Air flight.

“The case is an imported case, the authorities are doing everything possible to contain the virus” the minister said

Tanzania joins others African countries of Rwanda, Kenya, Algerian Nigeria, South Africa, and Congo which first confirmed the virus earlier this month. The virus which exploded in China’s Wuhan City in Hubei Province has claimed 4,600 lives with over 126,000 people infected globally out of whom 67,000 have recovered.

The minister said the patient left Tanzania on 3rd March. She visited Sweden and Denmark before going back to Belgium. Upon arrival, the minister said, her body temperature was warm and the scanner couldn’t detect any sign of the deadly virus.

“From what she (patient) told me on phone, she lived in a house where the owner was suffering from corona virus,” the minister said in a statement.