Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, a 21-year-old Cameroonian student living in the Chinese city of Jingzhou, has become the first African to contact the deadly coronavirus and says he had no intention of leaving China, even if that were possible.
According to new source BBC, he said, “No matter what happens I don’t want to take the sickness back to Africa,” he said from his university dormitory, where he is now under a 14-day quarantine.
He was suffering from a fever, a dry cough, and flu-like symptoms.
When he became ill he thought of his time as a child in Cameroon when he contracted malaria. He feared the worse.
Senou said “When I was going to the hospital for the first time I was thinking about my death and how I thought it was going to happen,” he said.
According to reports, he remained in isolation for 13 days in a local Chinese hospital. He was treated with antibiotics and drugs typically used to treat HIV patients. After two weeks of care, he began to show signs of recovery.
The CT scan showed no trace of the illness. He became the first African person known to be infected with the deadly coronavirus and the first to recover. His medical care was covered by the Chinese state.