Coronavirus Could Kill 190,000 in Africa, WHO Warns

Coronavirus Could Kill 190,000 in Africa, WHO Warns

Up to 190,000 people could die from the coronavirus in the first year of the pandemic in Africa if the disease is not controlled. Similarly, 26% of the billion inhabitants of the continent could be infected by Covid-19, said on Thursday the head for Africa of the World Health Organization, Matshidiso Moeti, during a press conference.“This can happen if the measures taken to contain the virus do not work“The official continues. Many countries have already taken such measures and some, like South Africa, are still strengthening them.

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.”