of the Corona virus
How Africa is witnessing the spread of the Corona virus
According to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC), Africa has experienced a severe setback from 10,000 reported coronavirus infections and more than 500 deaths.
With new infections declining daily in some parts of the world, some fear that the center of the virus will spread to the mainland.
Despite attempts to block cities and countries, despite donating protective equipment, test kits and admirers from China, one thing is clear: Africa is still not working to smooth the curve, and the maneuvering area is getting smaller.
“Delay in work”
Michel Yao, who runs the WHO’s Emergency Response Program in Africa.
But we see that there is some delay in the decision [for this] … to mobilize more people, train more people, And think about capabilities. “
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It is difficult to compare regions with different cultures, economies, tourism and infrastructure, but some comparisons paint an urgent picture.
When examining the daily increase in the number of people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus around the world, it appears that Africa is controlling prevalence better than the United States and Europe so far.
But the comparison with Asia, where some countries seem relatively quick to curb the daily increase in the number of new cases, is not good.
Perhaps the best comparison with the Middle East. There, according to the World Health Organization, the number of cases is constantly increasing, and a total of more than 78,000 cases are currently registered in the region.
Almost every African country has reported cases of disease, and although most of them started with patients importing the virus through international travel, it is now spreading to communities.
Variables make it difficult to predict, but the worst-case scenarios are still worrying.
Confirm cases of coronaviruses in South Africa
Source: World Health Organization
In South Africa, the number of confirmed cases increased 20 times in the last two weeks of March. In response to the growing number, President Kirill Ramafossa announced a three-week closure across the country, which started on March 27.
Since then, this has extended until the end of April, as the number of new daily cases has decreased – although it is too early to determine whether the cause will be withheld.
What matters is the growing opportunities for testing in South Africa.
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There are mobile test centers in South Africa to test and test as many people as possible.
To date, about 60,000 tests have been conducted in the country on Covid-19 disease, a disease caused by a virus, and the test is currently performed at a rate of approximately 5,000 per day, according to Health Minister Zveli Mhize.
But compared to other countries with a virus, this amount is still very low. Italy, one of the most affected countries in the world, has a population similar to that in South Africa and has performed more than 700,000 tests.
Test numbers remain a concern for the rest of Africa.
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Nigeria and Kenya performed about 5,000 tests. Compare this to 600,000 in South Korea, which many say is the most powerful antivirus campaign.
African countries have struggled to increase their test capabilities.
Health ministries are transforming private laboratories into Covid-19 test centers, while major laboratories, such as the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, have organized Covid-19 training workshops organized by ACDC for laboratories across the region.
But this was not enough.
Limited reserves in the supply of reagents required for testing are limited.