Monday, 16 May, 2022

WHO head tells Africa to ‘wake up’ to coronavirus threat

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Most airports are screening travellers and travel limits are becoming introduced in throughout Africa

Africa have to “wake up” to the coronavirus threat and put together for the worst, the head of the Planet Health Organization (WHO) has explained.

The continent should study from how the distribute of virus has sped up in other places, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported.

He warned that whilst Africa’s confirmed cases were at the moment reduced – all over 640 – there was no purpose for complacency.

“Africa really should wake up, my continent really should wake up,” stated the Ethiopian, the WHO’s very first African head.

Wellbeing authorities warn that strained community wellbeing techniques in Africa could become promptly confused if the virus takes keep.

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Media captionThe BBC’s Andrew Harding appears to be at the effect Coronavirus could have in Africa

“WHO’s advice is in fact mass gatherings need to be avoided and we should do all we can to slash it from the bud, anticipating that the worst could take place,” Mr Tedros explained to a information meeting in Geneva, exactly where the WHO is dependent.

In Africa, 16 men and women have died from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus: six in Egypt, 6 in Algeria, two in Morocco, one in Sudan and just one in Burkina Faso.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the very first African head of the WHO, is primary the battle towards coronavirus

In South Africa, which has 116 scenarios, President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a point out of catastrophe, proscribing vacation, closing colleges, banning mass gatherings and buying bars to shut or limit figures to 50.

Other countries on the continent have also been imposing similar limitations this 7 days.

From Saturday, Nigeria says it will prevent arrivals from any state wherever there are additional than 1,000 conditions of coronavirus.

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