A Red Cross worker in Dakar fills a bottle with sanitising hand gel after Senegal’s government ordered all educational establishments to close, one of several new measures to control the spread of coronavirus disease [Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]

The coronavirus has now been confirmed in at least 30 of Africa‘s 54 countries, officials said, as regional power South Africa warned of a new crisis once the virus begins to spread at home and into crowded low-income communities.

The most alarming confirmation of a first case came from Somalia, the Horn of Africa nation with one of the continent’s weakest health systems after nearly three decades of conflict. Tanzania, Liberia and Benin also announced their first cases on Monday.

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