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

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South Africa's coronavirus cases jumped once more to 709, the well being minister mentioned Wednesday, as the nation with probably the most cases in Africa ready to go into lockdown very first thing Friday.

Well being Minister Zweli Mkhize on state tv identified “intense native unfold” in Free State province amongst attendees of a church gathering the place 5 cases have been reported. All 5 in individuals who had just lately traveled overseas. Now virtually 30 cases have been recorded.

Cases throughout Africa at the moment are properly above 2,400. With Libya saying its first case, 44 of the continent's 54 international locations now have the virus.

Those who haven't recorded cases are Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Burundi, Malawi, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho and Sao Tome and Principe, in accordance to the Africa Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

Some have probably the most fragile well being methods on the continent.

Congo turned the most recent nation to shut its borders whereas reporting its third demise. The sprawling nation has certainly one of Africa's weakest well being methods and has been battling one other world well being emergency, a lethal Ebola virus outbreak within the east.

Whereas that outbreak now seems to be inside days of being declared over, Congo additionally faces a big measles outbreak.

As extra international locations throughout Africa impose restrictions on gatherings and journey, many casual staff are struggling. Ethiopia's authorities in a proposal to the Group of 20 main industrialized nations has mentioned Africa wants a $150 billion emergency financing bundle as a result of “COVID-19 poses an existential risk to the economies of African international locations.”

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For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes gentle or average signs, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, particularly older adults and other people with present well being issues, it may well trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia and demise.

(AP)

 

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