WHO warns of peak in coronavirus cases in Africa

The UN health arm has urged African countries to urgently increase testing and warns that the virus’ peak is near.While warning that the peak is near, Michel Yao, the WHO Africa progamme manager for emergency response said in a media teleconference on Thursday “During the last four days, we can see that the numbers have already doubled,”“If the trend continues, and also learning from what happened in China and in Europe, some countries may face a huge peak very soon.” “Without help and action now, poor countries and vulnerable communities could suffer enormous devastation,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told diplomats in Geneva. “The infection numbers in Africa are relatively small now, but they are growing fast,” he said.

The World Bank said the outbreak is expected to leave sub-Saharan Africa in for the first time in 25 years.

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