South Africa prepares to go into lockdown as coronavirus cases top 700

Coronavirus cases in South Africa climbed again to 709, the Minister of Health said on Wednesday as the country with the highest number of cases in Africa prepared to go into detention on Friday.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on state television noted “intense local spread” in the province of the Free State among participants in a church meeting where five cases were reported. All five from people who have recently traveled abroad. Today, nearly 30 cases have been recorded.

Cases in Africa now greatly exceed 2,400 cases. With Libya announcing its first case, 44 of the 54 countries on the continent now have the virus.

Those who have not registered cases are Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Burundi, Malawi, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho and Sao Tome and Principe, according to African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some have the most fragile health systems on the continent.

The Congo has become the last country to close its borders while reporting its third death. The sprawling nation has one of the weakest health systems in Africa and is fighting another global health emergency, a deadly epidemic of Ebola in the east.

Although this outbreak now appears to occur a few days after its declaration, the Congo is also facing a major outbreak of measles.

As more African countries impose restrictions on assembly and travel, many informal workers are suffering. The Ethiopian government, in a proposal to the Group of 20 Major Industrialized Countries, said that Africa needs emergency funding of $ 150 billion because “COVID-19 poses an existential threat to the economies of the countries Africans ”.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.

(AP)