Latest update: Coronavirus and the state of Africa’s health systems

Latest update: Coronavirus and the state of Africa’s health systems

- The coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate and measures are currently being implemented to halt it

- Africa is yet to record a case of infection but some African countries are already bracing themselves for it

- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has meanwhile stated that 13 African countries are at risk of exposure

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The coronavirus has, in recent times, caused havoc in a number of countries in the developed world, and the race for a cure appears to be all that everyone looks forward to.

As health officials brace themselves for the worst, Africa is yet to record a single case of infection.

Information available shows that over 31,000 people have been infected since late December 2019.

Latest update: Coronavirus and the state of Africa’s health systems

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Trips between Africa and China grow by the day, and per a report by Bloomberg.com, closer ties between them has increased the rate of exposure to the virus.

YEN.com.gh understands that about 20 African countries have already discussed the possibilities of an outbreak, taking into consideration the general state of medical facilities.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has meanwhile listed 13 African countries as being at risk of exposure.

As a means of bracing themselves for the worst, some countries have meanwhile instituted measures at detecting and halting the spread of the virus.

In other news, South Sudan will host its first ever oil and gas bidding round in March 2020, YEN.com.gh has learned.

This comes after Sudan dissolves the central bank board as well as 11 other state-owned banks, in a bid to dismantle toppled president, Omar al-Bashir’s regime.

Sudan, the most oil-dependent nation in the world, has oil accounting for almost all of its exports and about 60% of its gross domestic product (GDP), according to the World Bank.

South Sudan’s petroleum minister, Daniel Awow Chuang, said the move is a plan to accelerate the economy and an environmental audit into the bidding process has already started.

Per a report by Business Insider, he added that companies that express interest in the process need to prove themselves as there would be a thorough evaluation process.

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