WHO fears that the coronavirus will spread slowly in 47 African countries than elsewhere in the world, which means that the continent may be exposed to the virus for longer. African countries must also be proactive. “We must test, screen, isolate and treat.”
Health authorities have so far recorded more than 52,100 confirmed coronavirus contaminations and more than 2,000 deaths in Africa. The pandemic also has serious economic consequences for many Africans.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, explains: “We estimate that – and this is an estimate based on the principle that nothing more will be done – that the peak will arrive in about four to six weeks in African countries.”