More than 85% of Covid cases in Africa not detected – WHO says

Most people on the continent are tested when they turn up at health centres with symptoms

Most people on the continent are tested when they turn up at health centers with symptoms

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that six out of every seven corona virus cases are not being discovered in Africa.

This has made the projection based on a formula that looks at recorded deaths and case and proportion of people who die from the disease.

Right now, only eight million Covid cases have been set down in writing but the WHO now projects that the real figure is 59 million.

Mostly, the only people who are tested are those who showed up at health centers with symptoms and those about to travel out of the country. This implies that a large number of asymptomatic cases are not being noticed resulting in more passing on.

To tackle this head-on, the WHO is increasing community screening in eight countries with intention to reach seven million people with speedy testing in the next year.

“With limited testing, we’re still flying blind in far too many communities in Africa… More testing means rapid isolation, less transmission and more lives saved through targeted action,” said WHO’s Africa director Dr Matshidiso Moeti.

Participating Countries includes Burundi, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Congo-Brazzaville, Senegal and Zambia.

There has been a reduction in recorded new cases lately, the WHO says, but there is fear that with low vaccination rates Covid remains a danger for many.

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