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Breaking news :Corona virus updates in Africa

Lyta 06/24/2020

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The CODVID-19-Pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Africa on 14 February, 2020. The first confirmed case was in Egypt and the first confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa was in Nigeria. Most of the identified imported cases have arrived from Europe and the United States rather than from China where the virus originated.It is believed that there is widespread under-reporting  in many African countries with less developed healthcare system.

Experts have worried about COVID-19.spreading to Africa, because many of the healthcare system on the continent are inadequate, having problems such as lack of equipment, lack of funding, insufficient training of healthcare workers, and inefficient data transmission. It was feared that the pandemic could be difficult to keep under control in Africa, and could cause huge economic problems if it spread widely.As of April 18, 2020, the supply of ventilator is low in much of Africa: 41 countries have only 2,000 ventilators between them, and ten countries have no ventilators at all. Even basic supplies like soap and water are subject to shortages in parts of the continent.

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The first case in the country was confirmed on 25 February. On the morning of 2 March, Algeria confirmed two new cases of the corona virus, a woman and her daughter.

On 3 March, Algeria reported another two new cases of the corona virus. The two new cases were from the same family, a father and daughter, and were living in France.

On 4 March, the Ministry of health recorded 4 new confirmed cases of the corona virus, all from the same family, bringing the total number to 12 confirmed cases.

According to WHO prediction modelling estimates Algeria faces a relatively high risk for a spread of COVID-19 if containment measures such as contact tracing are not prioritized.

Source: opera.com
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