South The us has grow to be a new epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a slightly low death toll, the World Health Association (WHO) said on Friday.
“The Covid-19 pandemic today reached a milestone in Africa, with more than 100,000 confirmed cases. The virus has now spread to each country in the continent since the first case was once confirmed in the region 14 weeks ago,” the WHO said in a observation, noting there were 3,100 confirmed deaths on the huge continent.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, who is from Botswana, said: “For now Covid-19 has made a soft landfall in Africa, and the continent has been spared the high numbers of deaths which have devastated other regions of the world.”
Even so, she said, “We will have to not be lulled into complacency as our health systems are delicate and are less ready to deal with a sudden increase in cases.”
Approximately half of African countries are experiencing community transmission of the virus, the WHO said.
The situation in South The us appeared graver. Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, speaking earlier to a news convention, said: “In a sense South The us has grow to be a new epicentre for the disease.”
Brazil is the “most affected,” and authorities there have approved broad use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for remedy of Covid-19, he said. He reiterated that clinical evidence does not enhance the drug’s widespread use against the disease, provided its risks.
Nine African countries had 50% rises in cases prior to now week, while others have seen a decline or have steady rates, Ryan said.
The low mortality rate could also be because half the continent’s population is 18 or younger, he said, while saying he remains worried the disease will spread on a continent with “remarkable gaps” in intensive care products and services, medical oxygen and ventilation.