COVID-19: Africa should wake up and prepare for the worst… WHO’s Director-General

During a press briefing held at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (W.H.O) on the 18th of March 2020, Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization advised that all African countries must treat issues relating to COVID-19 with all the seriousness it deserves considering the rate at which it is spreading.

According to him, the number of confirmed cases reported from sub-Saharan Africa as of 18th of March is 233 and four deaths. However, Mr. Tedros is very doubtful about the figures because he thought there are more cases that are yet to be detected.

He stated that, “we cannot take this number as the amount of, or the number of cases we have in Africa, probably we have undetected cases or unreported cases.”

In addition, He cautioned Africa to prepare for the worst-case scenario by disclosing that, “In other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point. So the best advice for Africa is to prepare for the worst and prepare today.”

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He further stressed on the need to do the testing, the contact tracing and isolation to help deal with the virus from the bud.

“I think Africa should wake up, I think my continent should wake up,” Mr. Tredos said conclusively.


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