Harare – World Health Organisation Africa director Dr Matshidiso Moeti says the continent risks a resurgence in COVID-19 infections despite the current low rate of infections and deaths.
According to WHO’s statistics, the pandemic is trending upwards in 13 out of 54 African countries, and a false sense of security would be detrimental.
“There have now been 4.5 million COVID-19 cases and 120,000 lives lost in Africa. Overall we are still seeing a plateau with a slight uptick but the epidemic is trending upwards in 13 countries.
“We cannot be lulled into false sense of security as the continent’s case count appears relatively stable. The devastating surge of cases and deaths in India and increases in other regions of the world are clear signs of risk of resurgence in our continent.
“The toxic mix driving this upsurge is present here in Africa, adherence to preventive measures has weakened, while mass gatherings and population movement has increased,” Dr Moeti said in the recent epidemiological update.
“A WHO analysis of 46 African countries finds that almost half are facing a high risk of experiencing a surge in cases so now is not the time to let our guard down. I urge African countries to maintain a heightened sense of readiness, making sure that strong surveillance, clinical care supply chain and communications capacities are in place,” she said.