27 January 2020 – Ivory Coast tests first person in Africa for coronavirus

Type of Intervention: Other Announcement
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene

Overview: Health authorities in Ivory Coast investigate a suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus in a female student displaying symptoms who arrived from China. The student is the first person to be tested for the virus on the continent.
Full details here: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/27/health/ivory-coast-suspected-coronavirus/index.html

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: The WHO Africa emergency response program had advised health ministers in the region to activate standard flu screening at airports for passengers coming from mainland China due to an increasing number of documented cases worldwide.