Coronavirus: Africa could soon become the hotspot for the virus - WHO cautions

Coronavirus: Africa could soon become the hotspot for the virus - WHO cautions

- The World Health Organization has cautioned that the African continent could become the epicentre of coronavirus

- This is due to the sharp rise in COVID-19 confirmed cases in the past week

- The WHO highlighted that the continent does not have enough ventilators to deal with such a pandemic

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned that the African continent could become the next epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

According to the Organization, this is due to the sharp rise in COVID-19 confirmed cases in the past week.

In a BBC report, the WHO highlighted that the continent does not have enough ventilators to deal with a pandemic as grave and complicated as the novel virus.

The African director of the WHO, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said the organization had witnessed the virus spreading from capital cities to “the hinterlands” in South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana.

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She said they were focusing on prevention rather than treating the virus because African countries don’t have the capacity to treat many coronavirus patients.

“We want to minimise the proportion of people who get to the point of needing critical care in an ICU, because we know that these types of facilities are not adequate by any means in the majority of African countries,” Dr Matshidiso Moeti said.

She added that she was most worried about the issue of ventilators since they are the biggest challenge that the countries are facing.

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In other news, the World Bank has advised African countries to reopen their borders even as the coronavirus continues to affect people globally.

It argued that there is an urgent need for the transport of medical supplies, food and other necessities.

The World Bank revealed that as at the end of March 2020, 31 countries had closed their borders.

A Business and Financial Times report shows that cross-border trade on a small scale helps to provide for about 43% of Africa’s population.

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