Unchecked and Uncounted

Africa is nearing 1 million COVID-19 cases after they almost doubled in the past 3 weeks to 889,457—with 18,806 deaths, WHO reports.
5 countries are bearing the brunt—South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, and Nigeria. South Africa alone accounts for half of the continent’s total cases.
But COVID-19’s trajectory varies widely between countries, and there is rising concern that the virus is spreading unchecked in areas with little to no testing capacity.
“Other indicators show that the spread could be much worse than we know,” says Stacey Mearns of the International Rescue Committee, Andalou agency reports.
IRC has seen an uptick in deaths due to acute respiratory syndromes in countries like South Sudan, and a higher percentage of health care workers becoming infected in places like Liberia and Niger—both 16%, compared to 3% in the US.

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