Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, US microblogging platform, says he’s reconsidering his early plan to visit Africa, in the wake of the raging coronavirus outbreak.

In 2019, Dorsey had disclosed that he would be relocating to Africa this year, following his visit to four nations in the continent including Nigeria.

But while speaking at an investor conference sponsored by Morgan Stanley on Thursday, the business mogul doubted the possibility of his proposed visit to Africa.

He noted he made a mistake by failing to provide context on his visit to the continent last year. His comments were later shared in a series of tweets through Twitter’s investor relations account.

“When I tweeted about my intention to spend a few months in Africa this year, I made a mistake and should have provided more context about why,” he said.

“Africa will be one of the most populated continents in the next 20-30 yrs, the tech innovation is incredible w/ a large portion of the population still coming onto the internet. Huge opportunity especially for young people to join Twitter + for us to learn to best serve them.

“I had been working on my plans where I’d work decentralized, as my team and I do when we travel, but in light of COVID-19 and everything else going on I need to reevaluate. Either way we’ll continue to pursue opportunities in Africa.”

Globally, there are over 94,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 3,300 deaths, mostly in China.

Nigeria recorded its first case on February 27. The index case is an Italian who came into the country for business.



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