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Colombia, Peru confirm first Wuhan coronavirus case

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 7, 2020
After dozens of discarded cases in several cities in the country, Colombia recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus, the Health Ministry said in a statement yesterday, as the disease continues to spread its tentacles in South America.
Colombia, Peru
Health in Latin America   Colombia, Peru
The patient is a 19-year-old woman who had traveled to Milan.

Topics: Colombia Peru Wuhan coronavirus

“The national, who arrived from Milan (Italy), showed symptoms and went to the health services where samples were taken for the analysis. The National Institute of Health confirmed positive test results,” said the statement posted on Twitter.

The woman reportedly arrived in the country on Feb. 26 and went to the clinic on March 2.

According to the statement, the Health Minister Fernando Ruiz has been meeting with health authorities “to activate the contingency plans in order to face this challenge.”

Officially, the government declared that "the preparation phase is over and the phase of containment of the coronavirus is activated in the national territory".

A person in Peru has tested positive for coronavirus, marking the first case of the virus in the country.

The patient is a 25-year-old man who had traveled to Spain, France and the Czech Republic, President Martin Vizcarra announced in a televised statement on Friday.

The patient is hospitalized and stable, he said.

“We have taken the necessary measures through the Health Ministry to provide comprehensive healthcare,” he said, asking people to “keep calm” and trust the Peruvian health system.