Covid-19: the number of victims in Africa underestimated according to a report

The pandemic relating to the new coronavirus has apparently claimed more lives than is believed in Africa. At least that is what should be remembered from an American study. Depending on the results of this survey, the real toll could be estimated at three or four times more than what is announced. The Seattle University Institute for Health Measurement in the United States estimates that the pandemic killed up to 500,000 last year. Scientists believe that the data can be skewed because of several aspects.

“Testing is not available and, when it is, quality labs are not available or the staff to do it. When a person has died, they are not tested to determine whether they have the Covid or not. “, analyzed Abdou Salam Gueye, emergency programs manager at the WHO Africa Regional Office.

Cemeteries are not populated in Africa, says expert

Without taking the opposite view of the analyst’s statement, another partner of the World Health Organization was quite measured in his remarks. This is the doctor Thierno Baldé, Head of the Operational Partnerships Unit at WHO Africa. For him, even if the data were not reliable, African cemeteries are not saturated as in other regions.

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