- The World Health Organization says that the situation in SA is a warning to the rest of Africa
- While the outbreak in the country began earlier than others on the continent, the WHO feels it is a good indication of what lies ahead
- Emergencies Chief Michael Ryan explains that the organisation has noted the beginning of an acceleration of the virus in Africa
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The World Health Organization's Emergencies Chief Michael Ryan says that it has started to see a Covid-19 'acceleration' in Africa. Speaking during a press conference, Ryan explained that South Africa's rising infections could be a 'precursor' for outbreaks across the continent.
Ryan warned that SA's situation could be a 'warning' for what the future of the pandemic holds for Africa:
"While South Africa is experiencing a very, very severe event, I think it is really a marker of what the continent could face if urgent action is not taken to provide further support. South Africa may unfortunately be a precursor, it may be a warning for what will happen in the rest of Africa."
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While SA's outbreak hit earlier than those of a number of other African regions, it is highly likely other nations will follow the same path:
"I think what we are starting to see is a continued acceleration of transmission in a number of countries. This isn't just a wake-up call for South Africa... We need to take what is happening in Africa very, very seriously."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had updated SA on the latest Covid-19 statistics in the country. In a statement issued on Monday, the minister confirmed the new cumulative total of infections:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 373 628 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded."
In addition to the total number of cases, Mkhize also reported the latest death toll in SA:
"Regrettably we report 140 new Covid-19-related deaths. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 5 173. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased. The number of recoveries currently stands at 194 865, which translates to a recovery rate of 52%."
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