Nairobi: The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that if the new coronavirus is not controlled, it can kill 83,000 to 190,000 people in Africa in the first year, and can infect 29 million to 44 million in the first year.
The head of WHO Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, told reporters on a video conference call that these predictions were included in the new WHO study in Africa. The assumption is based on the assumption that no containment measures have been taken. Fortunately, this is not the case.
Most countries on the African continent have imposed restrictions on public gatherings, international travel, and curfews. These measures are designed to curb the spread of the virus.
The virus hit Africa later than other continents and spread faster than anywhere else. The WHO says this may still lead to long-term, long-term outbreaks.
“COVID-19 could become a fixture in our lives for the next several years unless a proactive approach is taken by many governments in the region. We need to test, trace, isolate and treat,” Moeti said in a separate statement.
The organization warned that small countries as well as Algeria, South Africa and Cameroon could be severely affected.
It is worth noting that the WHO Africa Study only covers 47 countries that belong to the WHO African Region, not the entire continent. The regional definition of the agency does not include Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.
According to Reuters data based on government statements and WHO data, as of 1259 GMT, there were 35,097 new coronaviruses and 1,231 deaths in 47 countries around the world.
According to the projected non-pollution scenario, “an estimated 3.6 to 5.5 million COVID-19 hospitalizations will be made, of which 82,000 to 167,000 are serious cases requiring oxygen and 52,000 to 107,000 are serious cases requiring respiratory support,” WHO Organization Africa said.
Reuters found on Thursday that there are fewer than one intensive care bed and one ventilator for every 100,000 people in Africa.
Human resources are also a challenge.
“We are very concerned that almost 1,000 African health workers have been infected with COVID-19. We know that most African countries already have a severe shortage of healthcare workers,” Moeti told reporters.