Africa could become the next epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
There has been a sharp rise in cases in the past week. Kenya has so far reported 246 cases after 12 more people tested positive in less than 24 hours for the virus on Friday.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new patients include five hotel workers while the rest are from contact tracing.
Speaking when he received medical equipment from China, the CS said the equipment will enhance the testing capabilities to ensure more tests are conducted in an effort to flatten the curve.
Today we have tested 450 samples for coronavirus and 12 have turned out positive.
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) April 17, 2020
There have been almost 1,000 deaths and more than 18,000 infections across Africa so far, although these rates are far lower than those seen in parts of Europe and the US.
The WHO says the virus appears to be spreading away from African capitals.
It has also highlighted that the continent does not have enough ventilators to deal with a pandemic.
The organisation’s Africa director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said the organisation had witnessed the virus spreading from capital cities to “the hinterland” in South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana.
She said they were focusing on prevention rather than treating the virus because African countries don’t have the capacity to treat many coronavirus patients.
“We want to minimise the proportion of people who get to the point of needing critical care in an ICU because we know that these types of facilities are not adequate by any means in the majority of African countries,” she said.
“I have to say the issue of ventilators is one of the biggest challenges that the countries are facing.”
In Other News – Kenya’s Coronavirus cases rise to 246 as 12 more test positive
The number of Coronavirus cases in Kenya has risen to 246 after twelve more patients tested positive.
While receiving a consignment of medical supplies from China that was flown to the country by a Kenya Airways 787 Dreamliner at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Health Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mutahi Kagwe said by Friday morning they had already tested about 450 samples which they got 12 positive cases.
“As we stand right now, at this hour, we have already tested about 450 samples out of this, we have already got 12 positive cases and we have not finished the day. What this tells you is that we need to really start the testing capacity so that the contacts of those people who are positive can also be tested and therefore we can be able to contain the pandemic.” He said. continue reading
Source – KBC