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Pasha 54: An African perspective on the coronavirus

The Conversation
20 Feb 2020, 00:37 GMT+10

By the middle of February more than 2000 people had died from the coronavirus COVID-19, which was first identified in Wuhan, China at the end of last year. The virus has spread to a number of countries around the world - and of course, African countries are at risk, too. Screening and identifying patients is hugely important.

In today's episode Professor Burtram Fielding of the department of medical biosciences at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa takes us through the history of the virus and explains what steps can be taken to ensure that the risks remain minimal for African countries.

Read more: What the latest coronavirus tells us about emerging new infections

Photo: By Axel Bueckert - Corona virus hand-drawn text with chalk on blackboard. Shutterstock

Music "Happy African Village" by John Bartmann, found on FreeMusicArchive.org licensed under CC0 1.

Authors: Ozayr Patel - Digital Editor | Burtram Fielding - Director: Research Development and Principal Investigator: Molecular Biology and Virology Research Laboratory Department of Medical BioSciences, University of the Western Cape The Conversation

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