WHO warns over COVID-19’s spread in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of its concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus in Africa and that South Africa’s growing numbers could be a “precursor” for outbreaks elsewhere on the continent.

South Africa has 373,000 COVID-19 cases – around half the continent’s cases.

With more than 15,000 deaths and close to 725,000 cases, the continent remains the world’s second least affected after Oceania.

“I am very concerned right now that we are beginning to see an acceleration of disease in Africa,” WHO’s emergencies chief Michael Ryan said.

“While South Africa is experiencing a very, very severe event, I think it is really a marker of what the continent could face if urgent action is not taken to provide further support,” he added.

“South Africa may unfortunately be a precursor, it may be a warning for what will happen in the rest of Africa.”