African Continent will continue to have a “steady increase” in Covid-19 cases until a vaccine is developed, the director general of the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent disclosed this on Thursday.
The UN health agency’s Africa regional director, Matshidiso Moeti stated as the latest collated figures for the continent, which has so far avoided the kind of mass outbreak experienced in Europe and American Continent, showed about 6,500 more cases were reported since Wednesday.
As at the time of filling this report, Africa’s 54 countries have reported a total of 207,617 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with 95,173 recoveries and 5,642 deaths, the WHO African region’s coronavirus dashboard showed.
There had been fears that Africa would be the most hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but so far it is the least affected Continent, accounting for only about 5% of global cases. Even with that, Moeti disclosed on Thursday that strong public health precautions were needed in current “hotspots” in South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon.
Moeti told a Geneva briefing:
Until such time as we have access to an effective vaccine, I’m afraid we’ll probably have to live with a steady increase in the region, with some hotspots having to be managed in a number of countries, as is happening now in South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon for example, which require very strong public health measures, social distancing measures to take place.