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February 4, 20203min720
There’s fear and anxiety in Cameroon following the news that the country has produced the first case of coronavirus in China.

News emerged that a first case of contracting the disease has been discovered in a 21-year-old Cameroonian student studying in Yangtze University.

The university confirmed the news saying the student was being treated in hospital in southern Jingzhou city after contracting the illness while on a visit to Wuhan city, the epicentre of the outbreak, agencies reported late Monday.

It provided explanation that he had returned to Jingzhou, where he lived, on 19 January, before a lockdown was imposed in Wuhan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 200 people.

The BBC’s Killian Ngala reports from Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé that the case has renewed concerns about the safety of some 300 Cameroonians quarantined in Wuhan with little access to water, food and surgical masks.

In its statement, the university said: “The university has provided psychological comfort to the student and has reported the situation to his parents and the embassy.

The university has provided psychological comfort to the student and has reported the situation to his parents and the embassy.

“At present, the student is actively cooperating with the treatment in the hospital.

Quote Message: His body temperature has been normal for two consecutive days.

His body temperature has been normal for two consecutive days.

“He has good spirit and a healthy appetite and his vital organs are stable.”

Thousands of African students study in China. They have made desperate appeals to their governments to evacuate them or to give them more support while they are trapped in Wuhan.

Last week, Cameroonians in Wuhan wrote a letter to President Paul Biya, saying their embassy in Beijing had been largely uncooperative and they were short of basic necessities.

Daily Mail reports that most African embassies in China have abandoned their citizens. Nigerians in Wuhan too have been abandoned and have pleaded to be evacuated.

(Sources: Agencies)

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