The World Health Organization has said that South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon are becoming hotspots of the coronavirus pandemic in Africa.
According to the WHO due to the health challenges in many countries the continent will have a “steady increase” in virus cases until a vaccine is developed.
The WHO’s Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti said the virus was spreading across cities and with lack of tests and other supplies containment measures are failing.
So far Africa has been spared high deaths despite surge in infections with death toll now at 5,600 out of 207,000 cases.
10 out of 54 countries account for 75% of all Covid-19 cases on the continent.
“Until such time as we have access to an effective vaccine, I’m afraid we’ll probably have to live with a steady increase in the region, with some hotspots having to be managed in a number of countries, as is happening now in South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon for example, which require very strong public health measures, social distancing measures to take place,” Matshidiso Moeti told a briefing in Geneva on Thursday.
Over 207,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 94,000 recoveries & 5,600 deaths. View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg pic.twitter.com/WZZuo2XIaf
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) June 11, 2020
In Africa though many countries initially imposed lockdown restrictions but have since removed many of these restrictions.
Globally there have been more than 7.3 million infections and more than 416,000 deaths.