Covid-19 Accelerating In Africa, WHO Warns

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned yesterday that the COVID-19 has continued to unfold in Africa because the virus was detected on the continent in mid-February.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo stated on its web site that greater than 215,000 circumstances have been confirmed up to now, with over 5,800 deaths and 98,000 recoveries as at yesterday.

“The pandemic is accelerating – it took 98 days to achieve 100,000 circumstances and solely 19 days to maneuver to 200,000 circumstances,” it stated.

“Ten out of 54 nations are at the moment driving the rise in numbers, accounting for almost 80 per cent of all of the circumstances.


“More than 70 per cent of the deaths are happening in solely 5 nations: Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.

“South Africa is probably the most affected, accounting for 25 per cent of the continent’s complete circumstances, with the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces reporting excessive variety of circumstances and deaths each day.’’


The company stated greater than half of the nations within the continent have been experiencing COVID-19 group transmission; in lots of circumstances that is concentrated in capital cities, however circumstances are spreading into the provinces.

The assertion quoted Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, as saying, “For now, Africa nonetheless solely accounts for a small fraction of circumstances worldwide.


“But the tempo of the unfold is quickening. Swift and early motion by African nations has helped to maintain numbers low however fixed vigilance is required to cease COVID-19 from overwhelming well being services.”

The UN well being company stated many nations have been fast to make troublesome selections and put in place lockdowns and key public well being measures.


“They put in place key public well being measures similar to selling bodily distancing, good hand hygiene and testing, tracing of contacts of individuals with COVID-19 and isolation of circumstances.

“With the help of WHO and different companions, governments additionally quickly began to scale up well being workforce and laboratory capacities, and to arrange points-of-entry screening at airports and border crossings.


“These public well being and social measures have been efficient in slowing the unfold of COVID-19 in Africa,’’ it acknowledged.

In addition, it acknowledged that in current weeks, nations started enjoyable lockdowns to renew some financial and social actions, noting that the shutdowns have come at appreciable socio-economic value.


The assertion additional quoted Moeti as saying “Stay-at-home orders and shutting of markets and companies have taken a heavy toll, notably on probably the most weak and marginalised communities.

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