Africa is Flattening the COVID-19 Curve – Africa Center for Disease Control
The Director of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Dr. John Nkengasong, said he is encouraged by the flattening of the coronavirus spread in the region. He made this remark in a recent news briefing, citing that the number of new cases across Africa has been slowing in the last few weeks.
He noted, however, that while the real count may be higher than reported estimates, Africa has not reported a surge in deaths or hospitalization as would have been expected.
The center has distributed almost a million kits across the region, with plans to distribute 10-15 million more over the next couple of weeks. It set as its target testing 1% of Africa’s population – about 13 million people. The center is also developing a platform that pools and centralizes medical equipment for distribution to areas of need, in an attempt to unblock the supply chain of medical equipment to the continent.
Nkengasong has also warned that while Africa may seem as the least-hit region of the world from the coronavirus pandemic, countries and governments in the region should remain at high alert as the disease continues to be a real threat across the world.