South America a new COVID epicenter, Africa reaches 100,000 cases, WHO says

GENEVA (Reuters) – South America has turn a new epicenter of a COVID-19 pestilence with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so distant have a comparatively low genocide toll, a World Health Organization (WHO) pronounced on Friday.

“The COVID-19 pestilence currently reached a miracle in Africa, with some-more than 100,000 reliable cases. The pathogen has now widespread to each nation in a continent given a initial box was reliable in a segment 14 weeks ago,” a WHO pronounced in a statement, observant there were 3,100 reliable deaths on a immeasurable continent.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO informal executive for Africa, who is from Botswana, said: “For now COVID-19 has done a soothing landfall in Africa, and a continent has been spared a high numbers of deaths that have ravaged other regions of a world.”

Even so, she said, “We contingency not be lulled into relief as a health systems are frail and are reduction means to cope with a remarkable boost in cases.”

About half of African countries are experiencing village delivery of a virus, a WHO said.

The conditions in South America seemed graver. Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s tip emergencies expert, vocalization progressing to a news conference, said: “In a clarity South America has turn a new epicenter for a disease.”

Brazil is a “most affected,” and authorities there have authorized extended use of a anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for diagnosis of COVID-19, he said. He reiterated that clinical justification does not support a drug’s widespread use opposite a disease, given a risks.

Nine African countries had 50% rises in cases in a past week, while others have seen a decrease or have fast rates, Ryan said.

The low mankind rate might be since half a continent’s race is 18 or younger, he said, while observant he stays disturbed a illness will widespread on a continent with “significant gaps” in complete caring services, medical oxygen and ventilation.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and John Miller in Zurich; Editing by Leslie Adler

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