Tue. Jun 2nd, 2020

Covid-19 Still A Threat To Africa- WHO

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There is no doubt that African Continent is the less hit of the world deadly coronavirus pandemic. Currently 54 countries of the African Union have so far reported a total of 103,933 cases of coronavirus on Saturday morning, according the Africa Centres for Disease Control.

As at today African Countries have recorded 3,183 deaths from Covid-19, while 41,473 people have recovered since the virus was first detected on the continent in February.

There had been some forecasts for what seems to be the impact of the deadly pandemic in Africa. after the 100,000th case was reached on Friday evening, the World Health Organization’s Africa office issued a note stating that it now obvious that the virus “appears to be taking a different pathway in Africa.”

“Case numbers have not grown at the same exponential rate as in other regions and so far Africa has not experienced the high mortality seen in some parts of the world. Today, there are 3,100 confirmed deaths on the continent.

“By comparison, when cases reached 100,000 in the World Health Organization (WHO) European region, deaths stood at more than 4,900. Early analysis by WHO suggests that Africa’s lower mortality rate may be the result of demography and other possible factors. Africa is the youngest continent demographically with more than 60% of the population under the age of 25. Older adults have a significantly increased risk of developing a severe illness. In Europe nearly 95% of deaths occurred in those older than 60 years.”

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The International body also noted that African governments swiftly imposed restrictive measures on their populations in an attempt to halt the spread of the contagious disease. Meanwhile, it equally stated that despite “significant progress in testing”, rates of testing remain low in comparison to other regions.

It maintained that, despite the relatively low number of cases, “the pandemic remains a major threat to the continent’s health systems”.

“Now that countries are starting to ease their confinement measures, there is a possibility that cases could increase significantly, and it is critical that governments remain vigilant and ready to adjust measures in line with epidemiological data and proper risk assessment.” It said

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