Though the pandemic is in its early days on the continent, Africa should “prepare for the worst” with the coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s director-general said Wednesday.African nations have pointed to the number of cases confirmed in people arriving from abroad as the reason to slam shut some border posts and turn away foreigners. But the growing number of locally transmitted cases brings a new level of danger.As the number of the coronavirus cases starts rising in Africa, there have been worries that rural areas with weak health systems and crowded low-income communities aren’t ready for the harm and loss about to come.Health experts from some 20 African nations participated in a video conference with doctors in China on how to contain the virus.“This is an extremely important step in terms of knowledge share,” said Kenya’s cabinet health secretary, Mutahi Kagwe.CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWHere is a current breakdown of the pandemic’s effect on the African continent:FIRST IMPACT A health worker washes her hands during a demonstration of preparations for any potential coronavirus cases at a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo)  Three African nations announced their first virus cases: Gambia, Zambia and Djibouti.Also Wednesday, sub-Saharan Africa saw its second death from

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