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Africa records about 300 new cases daily - WHO

As the number of cases escalates with a total of more than 3,000 across the continent, the organsation said there were likely to be many more infections that the authorities were missing.

FILE: At least 169 people have recovered from COVID-19 on the continent as countries ramp up their defences and their capacity to test for the virus. Picture: 123rf.

JOHANNESBURG - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said at least 300 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Africa every day.

As the number of cases escalates with a total of more than 3,000 across the continent, the organsation said there were likely to be many more infections that the authorities were missing.

South Africa is the third African country to go into lockdown after Rwanda and Tunisia, a move that has been welcomed by the WHO as the continent's COVID-19 cases intensify.

With 76 confirmed deaths in Africa so far, the organisation's regional director Dr Matshidiso Moeti said nations suffering conflict and population displacement were at risk.

“Just over a month ago, we only had one country in the WHO Africa region, we now have about 40 countries having the virus and we’re reporting 300 new cases a day. It’s been a very dramatic evolution.”

Moeti said the international body was working closely with governments across Africa to contain and minimise the impact of the virus, which has affected at least 46 African countries.

“We started off with only two countries, South Africa and Senegal, having labs that could diagnose this virus. Countries have established points of entry screening, surveillance and some have started putting in place treatment.”

At least 169 people have recovered from COVID-19 on the continent as countries ramp up their defences and their capacity to test for the virus.

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