The world health Organization (WHO) is trying to alert the international community on the spread of the epidemic of coronavirus in Africa. The united Nations agency said it was " concerned ", Monday, 20 July, by the" acceleration " of the epidemic of Covid-19 on the african continent, which until now, had been relatively spared. "I am very concerned by the fact that we are beginning to see an acceleration of the disease in Africa, and we must all take this very seriously and to show solidarity" with the countries concerned, said the director of health emergencies in the WHO, Michael Ryan, at a press conference in Geneva.
Africa is the second continent the least affected, with more than 15 160 deaths, in front of Oceania, according to data collected by the Agence France-Presse from official sources Monday. But South Africa is the most affected country by the pandemic on the continent, has passed the bar of the 5 000 people dead Sunday. "South Africa is likely to be a precursor of what will happen in the rest of Africa," warned Michael Ryan, arguing that the country had recorded its first cases soon enough ".
'South Africa lives a very, very serious"
He explained that the disease was first spread in the richest parts of South Africa, before the now widely prevalent " in the poorest regions, the townships and the rural areas ". If the epidemic is accelerating in South Africa, with an increase of 30 % over the last week, she does "not faster" as in many other countries of the continent, has raised the charge of WHO. At the same time, he city, the progression was 31 % in Kenya, 26 % in Ethiopia, 50 % in Madagascar, 57 % in Zambia, 69 % in Namibia and 66 % in Botswana.
Even if the total number of cases in these countries remains lower for now, " I think we start to see an acceleration of the transmission in a number of countries in sub-saharan Africa ", he stressed. "While South Africa is living a very, very serious, I think it is really a sign of what the continent could be facing if urgent measures are not taken ", he concluded.
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