AFRICA SEES RAPID RISE IN COVID-19 AFTER EASING RESTRICTIONS

The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across Africa has reached nearly 60,000 the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) disclosed over the weekend.

 

Since the lift of lockdown on May 4, Nigeria confirmed over 300 new cases of COVID-19 for two consecutive days on May 7 and 8. By Saturday, the infections in the most populous African nation stood at 4,151 and 128 deaths were reported, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

 

On May 1, South Africa lowered its level of epidemic prevention from five to four, and the number of new confirmed cases in South Africa had seen a rapid growth from around 300 cases per day to over 500 cases per day for three days in a row since last Thursday.

 

The country is also grappling with a shortage of testing kits, a factor that has impacted its efforts on the disease prevention and control work.

 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) also raised concerns over the possible aggravation on food shortage in several African countries. The FAO said recently that there are about 239 million people living in sub-Saharan facing food insecurity problems. The number, FAO stresses, could rise sharply as the epidemic spreads.

 

Although the world has sufficient food reserves as of current time, it said, the real challenge is how to properly allocate food in order to avoid a global food crisis more details in this video

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