Coronavirus: WHO predicts 190,000 deaths in Africa should containment fail

Coronavirus: WHO predicts 190,000 deaths in Africa should containment fail

- WHO said about 190,000 people may die of coronavirus in Africa in the first year of the virus

- The health organisation raised the concern amid a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in Africa

- 55,480 cases have been confirmed in 52 out of 54 countries in Africa and there is a projection case will rise soon

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With the novel coronavirus asserting a dangerous presence in Nigeria and other African countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that about 190,000 people may die as a result of the virus if all measures fail.

The global health agency made its fear known amid rising number of Covid-19 cases in Africa with South Africa, Egypt, Morroco and Algeria leading the pack with over 4,000 cases each.

Presently, there are 3,933,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world shared across over 200 territories and countries according to Worldometres, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics.

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Africa, with 52 out of its 54 countries now at risk, boasts 55,480 cases and 2,085 casualties of the over three million cases reported globally.

There are concerns the cases will rise before the year takes a dive to the end, generating concern by WHO which predicted that 190,000 may die due to Covid-19 complications in Africa.

The organisation based its prediction on a new study by its regional office in Brazzaville which found that between 83,000 and 190,000 could die and 29 to 44 million be infected during the period.

"While COVID-19 likely won’t spread as exponentially in Africa as it has elsewhere in the world, it likely will smoulder in transmission hotspots.

“COVID-19 could become a fixture in our lives for the next several years unless a proactive approach is taken by many governments in the region,” he added. “We need to test, trace, isolate and treat,” WHO Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti noted.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria has recorded 381 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest number of cases recorded in a single day in the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC), confirmed this in a tweet on Thursday, May 7. The new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 3,526.

Of the new cases, 183 are in Lagos, 55 are in Kano, 44 in Jigawa while 19 each are in Zamfara and Bauchi.

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