WHO alert: 6 out of 7 COVID-19 infections in Africa are not detected

Six out of seven COVID-19 infections go undetected in Africa, which shows that the impact of the disease on the continent with llowest vaccination rate in the world, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

To date, they have been confirmed 8.4 million cases in Africa, or 3.5% of the world total, despite the fact that the continent represents about one sixth of the world’s population.

WHO urges “massive effort” to increase vaccination against COVID-19 in Africa

As of October 10, only 70 million tests had been performed in Africa, which contrasts with the 550 million in USA, noted the WHO.

The organization will initiate a community screening project in eight countries to reach seven million people over the next year, he said.

“Given the limited evidenceWe keep flying blind in too many communities in Africa”Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said in a statement. “Most tests are done on people with symptoms, but much of the spread is caused by asymptomatic people”.

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