THE World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office has warned Africa to be ready and making sure that there is a strong surveillance against COVID-19 as most countries are an increase in the COVID-19 confirmed cases.
Speaking during the epidemiology update of COVID-19, Dr Matshidi Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said the resurgence in COVID-19 cases was worrisome
There have now been more than 4.5 million COVID-19 cases and 120.00 lives on the African Continent. Overall, we are still seeing a plateau with a slide uptake but the pandemic is trending upwards in. We cannot lull into a false sense of security as a continent’s case count appears relatively stable. The devastating surge of cases and deaths in India, and increase in other regions of the world are clear signs of resurgence in African countries. The toxic mix driving this upsurge is present here in Africa.
“Adherence to preventive measures has weakened, while mass gatherings and population movement have increased. A WHO analysis of 46 countries finds that almost half are facing 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 readiness, making sure that strong surveillance, clinical care, supply chain and communications capacities are in place,” Moeti said.
For the past week India has been recording an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Its total COVID caseload neared 20 million on Monday as shortage of Oxygen catalysed the situation. At least 13 countries in Africa have been experiencing the rise in cases for the past few weeks.