WHO: Africa COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000

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The number of novel coronavirus cases in Africa has surpassed 1,000 across 43 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

In a statement Sunday, the WHO said the continent has registered 34 deaths from COVID-19 after the virus spread to dozens of countries within weeks.

“Countries across the continent are striving to limit widespread infections: identifying, isolating and treating patients; restricting movement, heightening surveillance and stepping up health precautions,” it noted.

It said WHO is providing remote support to affected countries on the use of electronic data tools, so national health authorities can better understand the outbreak in their countries.

“Personal protective equipment has been shipped to 24 countries, and a second shipment is being prepared for countries with confirmed cases.”

African governments have introduced several measures to curb the virus’ spread, including closing schools, imposing travel restrictions and prohibiting large gatherings.

The virus first broke out in in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to nearly 170 countries and territories.

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic.
Globally, there are over 339,000 confirmed cases with the death toll surpassing 14,000, while more than 98,000 have recovered.

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