Every single country in Africa is infected by the coronavirus, reaching 100,000 cases on the continent, the WHO confirmed last night.
Over 3,100 people lost their lives due to COVID-19 caused illness.
According to Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, the continent had been spared from the devastation that Europe and China experienced, yet the poor health system might lead to even more death than expected.
Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of Health Emergencies Programme, said that the African continent has numerous vulnerable groups and that they are the first in line when it comes to getting infected and suffer severe consequences.
During a briefing last night, he said: “We don’t know what the impact of this will be in undernourished children with chronic malnutrition, we don’t know what the impact of this will be in overcrowded refugee camps. So, there’s a lot still to be learned.”
The low mortality rate in Africa comes as a result of the majority of the continent’s population being younger than 25.
On the other hand, Europe had almost 5,000 death cases when the number of infected reached 100,000.
Around 1,5 million COVID-19 tests had been conducted across the entire continent. However, some countries are still struggling with providing their citizens with tests due to a lack of resources.
South Africa has the highest number of patients on the continent, reaching 18,000 infected people.