There are now more than 100,000 coronavirus cases across Africa, with the virus spreading to all countries on the continent, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.
So far 3,100 people in Africa have died from the virus.
“For now Covid-19 has made a soft landing in Africa and the continent has been spared the high number of deaths that have devastated other regions of the world,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.
During a briefing on Friday, Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO Health Emergency Program Executive Director, said: “On the one hand, good news: the disease has not taken off in a very fast trajectory, but some countries are worry about speeding up the number of cases. “
Ryan warned that there are “many, many highly vulnerable groups” in Africa and the impact of coronavirus on these groups has yet to be seen.
“We don’t know what the impact of this will be on undernourished children with chronic malnutrition, we don’t know what the impact will be on overcrowded refugee camps. So there is still a lot to learn, “he said.