Africa may be past the height of the pandemic virus, says the head of the WHO

NEWS: Africa may be past the height of the pandemic virus – WHO Chief

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:31 am

Africa’s coronavirus outbreak may additionally have surpassed its peak, the World Health Organization (WHO) continental chief stated Tuesday, warning in opposition to complacency to keep away from a 2d wave.

WHO Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti informed a convention of African health ministers that numbers of new cases had been declining.

  “We are seeing that we have had what appears to have been a peak, and now we have the daily numbers of cases being reported common in the location going down,” she stated all through an online meeting.

But there are nonetheless a few countries, such as Namibia, experiencing increases in each day cases.

Africa has recorded nearly 1.2 million instances and at least 28,000 deaths on account that the virus arrived on the continent on February 14, according to an AFP tally.

South Africa has greater than 1/2 of those infections. It is the fifth most affected country in the world.

There had been fears that Africa’s poor health structures would fall down below the weight of the pandemic.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed advised the ministers to take benefit of the pandemic to improve their fitness infrastructures.

“COVID-19 has taught us that robust fitness structures are a count of countrywide safety and survival,” he stated in a pre-recorded message.