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While there are no confirmed new coronavirus cases in Africa, countries in Africa are preparing for potential outbreaks…

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Africa. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is supporting countries in Africa to prepare for potential outbreaks and South Africa is one of them.

South Africa is one of the high priority countries

WHO has identified 13 high priority countries which either have direct links or a high volume of travel with China.

The high priority countries are:

  • Algeria
  • Angola Côte d’Ivoire
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Mauritius
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

 17 Countries can test for the disease

To ensure the rapid detection of COVID-19, it is essential that laboratories can test samples quickly and accurately.

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Since this is a new virus, initially only two countries – South Africa and Senegal – had the reagents necessary to conduct these tests.  However, diagnostic capacity in Africa has increased dramatically.  Now 17 countries can test for COVID-19.

Airport screening has now been established in all priority countries, as well as some seaports.

Furthermore, WHO experts have been dispatched to eight of these countries to ramp up national capacity in areas such as early detection and surveillance, case management, and epidemiology.

WHO has dispatched protective equipment for health workers, as well as thermometers and other essential supplies for screening and handling suspect cases at airports and other points of entry.

Source: World Health Organisation

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