There is Possibility of Silent Coronavirus Epidemic in Africa – WHO


The World Health Organisation (WHO), has said the African continent has so far been spared the worst impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic, as it expressed fears that the continent could face a silent epidemic if its leaders do not prioritise testing of the infection.

Professor Samba Sow, director general of the Centre for Vaccine Development, Ministry of Health said, My first point for Africa, my first concern, is that a lack of testing is leading to a silent epidemic in Africa. So we must continue to push leaders to prioritise testing.”

Africa was the region with the fewest diagnosed Coronavirus cases, accounting for less than 1.5 per cent of the global total and just 0.1 per cent of deaths, Adhanom Ghebreyesushe Tedros, the WHOs director general, said.

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The WHO regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said some countries had taken measures to curb the disease at a high economic cost. Those measures meant the pandemic was having a milder impact so far than some models had predicted, Moeti said.


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