Sierra Leone has become the latest African country to confirm the presence of COVID-19 in its territory, with the announcement of a verified case Tuesday afternoon.
President Julius Madaa Bio revealed in a televised address that the patient is a 37-year-old man who traveled to the West African country from France on March 16.
“When I did my first coronavirus press conference, I said that it was not a matter of if, but when. Well, ‘when’ has come,” Bio told viewers.
The revelation comes just hours after Botswana confirmed its first COVID-19 cases. The news means there are now only six African countries that have not confirmed any cases of the virus: Burundi, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Sao Tome & Principe and South Sudan.