Thursday, March 19, 2020

WHO warns Africa to 'prepare for the worst'

African countries have been told to prepare for the worst by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In all, 16 deaths have been reported: Six in Egypt, six in Algeria, two in Morocco, one in Sudan and one in Burkina Faso, excluding that of Nigeria.

Africa has been the least affected continent, but health experts warn that strained public health systems could become quickly overwhelmed.

The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is quoted by AFP news agency saying, "Africa should wake up... in other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point."