Africa defeats Corona virus … the World Health Organization explains the…
The transmission of the new Corona virus in the African continent was characterized by relatively fewer infections, which decreased during the past two months, due to various social and environmental factors in addition to early and strong public health measures taken by governments across the region.
World Health Organization She emphasized in a statement that the African continent was the exception regarding the urgent response to the epidemic.
She attributed the African exclusion to a combination of social and environmental factors such as low density and population mobility, hot and humid climate, and the lower age group.
The epidemic appeared in Africa mostly in a younger age group and was rapidly spreading, but in a small number of countries.
The organization said in a report published on its official website that about 91% of cases of corona infection in sub-Saharan Africa are of people under the age of 60, and more than 80% of cases are without symptoms.
Since July 20, the continent has witnessed a steady decline in new cases of COVID-19.
In the past four weeks, 77,147 new cases were reported, up from 131,647 cases in the previous four weeks.
Some of the worst-affected countries, including Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, have all seen injuries.
The number of infections there did not stop decreasing every week during the past two months, and the deaths attributed to the epidemic remained low in the region.
“The downward trend that we have seen in Africa over the past two months is undoubtedly a positive development and a testament to the strong and decisive public health measures taken by governments across the continent,” said the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Machidisu Moeti.
Although governments have made efforts to ramp up testing, with an increase in the number of tests from 74 tests per 10,000 people in 44 countries (in August) to 93 per 10,000 people in September 2020, the number of infections is still low.
The regional director of the organization returned and said that the continent of Africa “did not witness a massive spread of the virus, as much was feared at the beginning, but the slow spread of infection in the region means that we expect the epidemic to continue for some time.”
It is reported that in recent weeks, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire, two of the countries that have seen a decrease in infections since mid-July, have witnessed a slight increase in the number of cases.
Therefore, the organization recommended at the end of its report that the response in African countries be tailored to suit the situation of each country where infection patterns differ, even within the same country.
Dr. Moeti said in this regard, “It is not possible to adopt a universal curriculum for the entire continent.”
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