Africa should ‘get up’ and ‘put together for worst’ over virus – WHO
The head of the World Health Organization stated Wednesday that whereas Africa thus far had seen few circumstances of COVID-19, the continent ought to “prepare for the worst”.
“Africa should wake up,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus informed journalists in a digital information convention.
Tedros stated that so far, 233 circumstances of the brand new coronavirus had been registered in sub-Saharan Africa and 4 individuals had died, making it the least-affected area in a world pandemic that has contaminated greater than 200,000 individuals and killed greater than 8,000.
But he warned that the official numbers seemingly didn’t mirror the complete image.
“Probably we have undetected cases or unreported cases,” he stated.
And even when there really have been not more than 233 circumstances of the illness in Africa, he warned that that quantity might scale up shortly.
“In other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point, so the best advice for Africa is to prepare for the worst and prepare today,” he stated.
“WHO’s recommendation is actually that mass gatherings should be avoided,” he stated, urging Africa to “cut it from the bud, expecting that the worst can happen.”
“My continent should wake up,” stated the previous Ethiopian authorities minister.