The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti confirms that Africa remains lower in Covid-19 cases than other parts of the world due to strong leadership in the region.
According to the Regional Director, she said Africa has just 1.5% of the world’s recorded cases of COVID-19 and less than 0.1 % of the world’s deaths. At a Joint Media Briefing with WHO and World Economic Forum, Dr. Moeti said “With strong country leadership and implementation of social and public health measures, cases in Africa remain lower than in some other parts of the world,’
About three months ago, the first COVID-19 case was reported in sub-Saharan Africa in Nigeria. Governments have been working day and night. With support from WHO and our partners to contain the spread of this virus,” she said.
More than 5,000 people across Africa tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, marking the continent’s highest single-day spike to date, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New cases have pushed the overall count up to 124,482, with 51,095 recoveries and 3,696 deaths.” Overall, we are seeing more people dying in the older age groups, though we are seeing a larger population of cases among those who are younger,” Moeti said.
She added that so far, the WHO has trained more than 10,000 health workers in Africa “as part of the decentralization of the response, in areas such as infection prevention and control, case management, logistics and psychosocial support.”