The World Health Organisation (WHO) says coronavirus pandemic is going viral in Africa with speed. It now spreads beyond capital cities and a lack of tests and other supplies weaken responses according to WHO’s Africa regional director, Matshidiso Moeti.
Though Africa is the least affected by Covid-19, even against popular analysis by global medical experts and South Africa’ situation does not seem to be missing severe cases and deaths.
South Africa records about a quarter of the reported cases in Africa as numbers of confirmed cases and deaths increase highly in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces.
She added that Western Cape was looking similar to recent outbreaks in Europe and the US.
The country has one of the most advanced healthcare systems in Africa, but there are fears that a steep rise in cases could overwhelm it.
Easing of restriction in June has led to increase in infections and the praise earlier received by the government for its early and decisive imposition of a lockdown may go to the gutters.
The country is obviously at a dilemma as some medical experts claim the lockdown is no longer effective and has served its purpose while other critics believe lockdown is still the only effective antidote.
The WHO Africa’s Regional Director said: “Even though these cases in Africa account for less than 3% of the global total, it’s clear that the pandemic is accelerating. 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,
She warned that cases were likely to continue increasing for the foreseeable future.
There are currently about 58,568 cases of Covid-19 in South Africa, with 1,284 deaths as world figure sits at 7,597,341 confirmed cased with 423,884 deaths according to worldometer.info live updates.