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COVID-19: Africa CDC Boss Sees Brighter Days Ahead, Urges Caution

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COVID-19: Africa CDC Boss Sees Brighter Days Ahead, Urges Caution
  • Admits ‘Signs of hope” as caseloads levels off in continent 

  • NCDC boss, Ihekweazu briefs NEC, Govs Forum

ACDC Boss, Dr John Nkengasong

The Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC), Dr John Nkengasong, has spoken of a “sign of hope”, as the daily coronavirus caseload on the continent begins to level off.

The continent-wide daily average was 10,300 last week, down from 11,000 the week before, reports the BBC.

So far, the coronavirus tracker Africa has now registered 1,148,423 cases with a 250,560 deaths and 871,196 people having recovered from the disease.

As the number of continent-wide daily cases continue to drop this week, Dr Nkengasong, who called for cautious optimism, said; “We are beginning to bend the curve slowly.”

He however told the BBC that; “But it’s very, very early – we are dealing with a very delicate virus that spreads rapidly. We take this news with cautious optimism.”

The ACDC Chief said the cheerjng news of Africa beginning to slowly “bend the curve” of COVID-19 infections were results of conscious efforts and measures that include; mask-wearing and social distancing.

He said these measures are aiding efforts by respective governments to check and slow down the spread of the pandemic on the continent.

Although the spread of COVID-19 outbreak was slow in Africa in the early stages, the rate of infection gradually accelerated, especially in South Africa, which now accounts for more than half of its case load of more than 1.1 million.

On average, there were signs of a decline in new infections across Africa over the last two weeks, said Nkengasong, adding; “So I think that is really some sign of hope that we are beginning to bend the curve slowly. We take this news with cautious optimism.”

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and Director General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

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