COVID-19 cases in Africa have increased by 500% in recent months with insufficient or no testing, says International Rescue Committee.
(African Stand) — The International Rescue Committee said on Thursday that insufficient or lack of COVID-19 diagnostic tests in some African countries seriously affected their planning and implementation of an effective response.
The International Rescue Authority said that every country that works in Africa has done less than 8,000 tests per million people, compared to the United Kingdom, which conducted 205,782 tests per million people.
“When the test is not enough, we are fighting this disease in the dark.” Stacy Mearns, the Senior Emergency Technical Technical Adviser for the International Rescue Committee, said in a statement that the doubling of confirmed cases of COVID in July across African countries was worrying, but we Worried that this could be the tip of the iceberg.
Mearns said without testing that COVID-19 cases had not been reported in these countries – but that does not mean that the virus does not spread unchecked.
The International Rescue Authority said confirmed cases of coronavirus across African countries have now increased by 500% in the past two months and more than doubled in July, amid severe shortages of tests and limited access to data on the actual extent of the epidemic in countries affected by the crisis. The continent.
“The lack of testing makes it nearly impossible to understand the magnitude of the epidemic – let alone put in place measures to stop it. However, other indications indicate that the spread may be much worse than what we know.
She added that they are witnessing increased deaths due to acute respiratory syndrome in countries such as South Sudan, and a higher proportion of health care workers are infected in places such as Liberia 16%, Niger 16% and Sierra Leone 15%, compared to only 3% in the United States.
She said this was evidence that the epidemic could strike more aggressively than figures reveal.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the African continent reached 891,199 on Thursday, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 18,884 people have died from the virus across the continent in 54 countries, according to the latest update. To date, 540,872 patients have recovered.