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Angola to receive kits to screen for suspected coronavirus cases

Angola will receive coronavirus screening kits to assess suspected cases that are now being analyzed in a South African laboratory, a source from the World Health Organization (WHO) said.


According to the WHO, Angola will receive the 'kits' to be able to carry out the nCoV tests locally, taking into account that the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the National Institute for Health Research is well equipped and with adequate conditions to do so.

On Thursday, Angola sent two samples of suspected coronavirus cases, to the reference laboratory in South Africa, after a first, which resulted in a negative test.

The first sample, whose test result was negative, referred to a Chinese citizen, recently arrived from China, with a high fever and cough.

The WHO has ruled out, for now, sending more specialists to Angola in the face of the situation, as it has locally official emergency staff, who have been supporting the Angolan Ministry of Health, since the first hour, in creating conditions for prevention and response the coronavirus outbreak, which started in China.

"However, if necessary, WHO may send specialists at any time to reinforce ongoing efforts to respond to the coronavirus outbreak," says the United Nations.

Angola is among the 13 top priority African countries listed by the WHO in the fight against the coronavirus, which need to be closely monitored due to its direct ties with China or the high volume of trips to the Asian country.

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