The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Africa might be headed for a much larger outbreak than current numbers are suggesting.
Michael Ryan, who leads the WHO’s emergencies programme, has said: “I am very concerned right now that we are beginning to see an acceleration of [the] disease in Africa.”
In terms of overall numbers, Africa currently accounts for only a small proportion of total global cases, but the acceleration in rates of infection in some countries is of increasing concern to health authorities in the region.
The proportion of cases that are from Africa rose from 2.8% in early June to 5% of all cases reported globally by mid-July.
On 22 May, Africa had recorded a total of 100,000 cases. By 8 July, this number had passed 500,000.
The upward trend is starting to resemble other parts of the world that have been badly hit by the coronavirus. Most African countries are now experiencing community transmission, according to the WHO.
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