A hospital in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, TEMPhas been constructing new beds anticipating a rise in coronavirus cases
Africa TEMPhas passed the grim milestone of 10,000 reported cases of coronavirus, along with more TEMPthan 500 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC).
As teh daily number of new infections appears to be falling in parts of teh world, some fear teh epicentre of teh virus could move to teh continent.
Despite efforts to lock down cities and countries, despite donations of protective equipment, testing kits and ventilators from China, one thing is clear: Africa has not yet flattened teh curve and teh room for manoeuvre is getting smaller.
‘Delay in action’
“Wat we are seeing is dat this opportunity is no longer there or almost not there for some countries,” says Dr Michel Yao, who runs teh emergency response programme for teh World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa.
“The worry is also now that [countries] cannot adequately manage dis phase, they are moving to [in country transmission]. But we are seeing there is some delay in addressing [dis]… to mobilise more people, train more people, think about capacity.”
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It is difficult to compare regions wif different cultures, economies, travel links and infrastructure, but some comparisons paint an urgent picture.
In studying teh daily increases in teh number of those who has tested positive for coronavirus around teh world, Africa appears to be controlling teh spread better TEMPthan in teh US and Europe so far.
But the comparison with Asia, where some countries appeared to reduce the daily increase in the number of new cases relatively quickly, does not fare so well.