Kenyan medical workers prepare to take swabs from truck drivers during a testing for the coronavirus in Namanga. Reuters
Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases.
The continent-wide total is now at least over 504,000 after South Africa recorded another day of more than 10,000 confirmed cases as a new global hot spot.
The true number of cases among Africa’s 1.3 billion people is unknown as its 54 countries continue to face a serious shortage of testing materials for the virus. "A tremendous problem, a real crisis of access,” the World Health Organization’s Africa chief, Matshidiso Moeti, said last week.
So far most testing has been concentrated in capital cities, but infections in many cases have spread beyond them.
A boy stands in front of a graffiti promoting the fight against the coronavirus disease in Nairobi, Kenya. Reuters
Africa’s health systems are the most poorly funded and thinly staffed in the world, and already more than 2,000 health workers have been infected by the virus, according to the WHO.
This week alone, some anxious health workers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Congo and Sierra Leone have gone on strike or demonstrated for adequate protective gear or better pay.
The African continent has just 2.2 health workers - and 0.3 doctors - per 1,000 people, according to the WHO.
Experts have warned that even if badly needed supplies such as ventilators are provided to African nations, another challenge is having enough trained workers to operate them.Associated Press
Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally.
Thirty percent of South Africa’s more than 177,000 cases are now in Gauteng province, which contains Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria.
Sharon Peacock, one of the world’s top scientific warriors in the battle with the 0.0001-millimetre virus that causes COVID-19, had to fight a much more personal battle inside Britain’s education system to rise to the top. Peacock, 61, is a globally recognised virus
Tens of thousands of nurses and ambulance service staff walked off the job on Monday in a pay dispute, putting further strain on Britain's state-run National Health Service (NHS) with their largest ever strike.
Sheikh Mohammed directed the dispatch of urgent humanitarian aid worth Dhs50 million to the brotherly Syrian people, in order to provide relief to those affected by the most devastating earthquake.
The ceremony saw the signing of 22 performance agreements that commit government teams to ensure the timely development of 80 transformational projects over the next six months.