There has been a surge of adrenaline for many African countries who are fighting hard to avert an outbreak of the rapidly spreading coronavirus.
Health officials have come forth to warn that the poorest countries are ill-equipped to combat the disease.
Airport officials have been on high alert with governments of various countries stationing nurses and doctors at terminals to check incoming passengers for signs of the disease.
There have been no verified infections in Africa to date, but deep trade links with China and often overstretched healthcare systems are raising concerns about the capacity to respond to an outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global emergency on the widespread of the virus after an initial downplay of the threat.
Some African countries have closed down Chinese supermarkets, outlets, food shops in their countries until further notice. There has also been talks of “self-isolation” for persons who have returned from China for at least about two weeks after arrival.
A few countries on the continent suspended visas for Chinese citizens and forbidden their citizens from traveling to China for the time being.
So far, there have not been any reported cases of the virus on the continent, but officials remain on high alert to try and avert the spread.