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