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The coronavirus scare is spreading with 213 people having died from the viral infection in China.

To curtail the spread of the virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on the global community to provide immediate support to countries with fragile health systems so they are prepared for 2019nCoV, and to spur development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics to fight the outbreak.

With the virus having spread beyond mainland China, fears are that it may hit ill-prepared geographies worsening the situation.

“There are now 98 cases in 18 countries outside China, including 8 cases of human-to-human transmission in four countries: Germany, Japan, Viet Nam and the United States of America.,” says the WHO.

In Africa, one of the most vulnerable regions when it comes to disaster preparedness and responses, Botswana has reported its first case. In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, the country’s Ministry of Health said …

The Tanzanian government has taken serious precautions towards curbing the China coronavirus outbreak that has taken over 170 lives and more than 7000 new cases confirmed.

According to the Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister Palamagamba Kabudi, who was quoted by The Citizen, Tanzanians in China, particularly those with plans to travel abroad, have been urged to take attentive precautions related to guidelines issued by the Chinese government.

On the other hand, Tanzania’s national carrier, Air Tanzania told Reuters that it will resort to postpone its maiden flights from commercial capital Dar es Salaam to China.

The state-run carrier has been promoting and planning its charter flights to its historic development partner next month ahead of the expected launch of scheduled direct flights to the key Asia tourist hotspot.

Air Tanzania managing director Ladislaus Matindi told Reuters that, the company is taking precautions for the safety of its passengers, despite acquiring a …