Coronavirus: WHO tells African countries to ‘prepare for the worst’

The head of the World Health Organization has sounded the alarm on the preparation of Africa for the coronavirus pandemic, telling the continent to “prepare for the worst”. The number of cases in South Africa almost doubled and Burkina Faso recorded the first sub-Saharan mortality due to the virus. So what are the symptoms and what can you do to protect yourself? We have prepared a brief reminder of what COVID-19 is.

“The best advice for Africa is to prepare for the worst and prepare for it today. Do not assume that your community will not be affected. Prepare as if it would be. Do not assume that you will not be infected. Prepare as if you will. But there is hope, there are many things that all countries can do. “

This is the message from Tedros Adhanom, the head of the World Health Organization, responding to concerns about Africa’s preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic.

We also report on the situation in South Africa, where the number of coronavirus cases has almost doubled to 116 in the past two days, making it the most affected country in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the drastic measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, there are signs that South Africans are not taking official warnings seriously. Authorities say they are ready to impose a state of emergency nationwide if current measures fail to curb the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, Burkina Faso has confirmed its first death from COVID-19 – the first death in sub-Saharan Africa. And our correspondent in Tunis reports how the locals react to the news that a curfew has been imposed in Tunisia.

Last but not least, we remind you of the symptoms of coronavirus and the best ways to protect yourself.

>> Burkina Faso reports first death of coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa as WHO warns to “prepare for the worst”