So far Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded its first COVID-19 death ever since the outbreak, A high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso, who is the head of the World Health Organisation WHO, urged the continent to “prepare for the worst” as virus takes over the world.
He said: “Africa should wake up,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday, pointing out that “in other countries, we have seen how the coronavirus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point”.
Meanwhile, Medical authorities in the poor Sahel state of Burkina Faso announced on Wednesday that the number of infections there had risen from seven to 27 — and that one of them, was a 62-year-old diabetic woman, who died overnight.
The country’s main opposition party, the Union for Progress and Change (UPC), addressed this in a statement that the victim was its lawmaker Rose-Marie Compaore, she was the first ever vice president of the parliament.
South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised economy, reported more than one-third jump in cases, with 31 new infections bringing it to a total 116.
Also Zambia announced its first two confirmed cases they were a couple that returned to the capital Lusaka from a 10-day holiday in France.
As of Wednesday, a tally of reported cases compiled by AFP stood at more than 600 for all of Africa.
Of these, 16 cases have been fatal: six in Egypt, six in Algeria, two in Morocco, one in Sudan and one in Burkina Faso.
Those figures are relatively small compared to the rest of world — the global death toll has passed 8,800 with almost 210,000 total infections.
The director has said sub-saharan Africa had recorded 233 infections. he warned the officials that numbers likely did not reflect the full picture.
The director also maintained that while we all fold our arms and watch from afar how the virus has spread drastically and killed people in Asia and Europe,we have wasted more time in watching than taking drastic measures, he urged Africa to wake up and prepare for the worse.
Image source: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus file