Friday 08 May 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that the new Corona virus may kill between 83,000 and 190,000 people and affect between 29 million and 44 million people in Africa in its first year if it is not contained.
These expectations came as part of a new study conducted by the organization on Africa, and reported by Reuters, based on assumptions that no measures will be taken to contain the epidemic, which is what the director of the Regional Organization for Africa, Machidiso Moiti, said in a press conference by telephone that it is not the reality of good fortune.
Most countries of the continent imposed restrictions on gatherings in public places, international travel, and curfews, among other measures, to curb the spread of the virus.
The virus invaded Africa lagging behind other continents and its prevalence rates there are slower than others. But the World Health Organization has said this could turn into a long-term outbreak that will last for years.
“Coffid-19 may become a fixed part of our lives in the coming years if many governments in the region do not take a preventive approach. We need examination, tracking, isolation, and treatment,” Moiti said in a separate statement.
The WHO study covers only 47 countries within the WHO region of Africa, not the entire continent. The WHO regional concept for Africa excludes Djibouti, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.