The number of cases of COVID-19 disease in Africa has exceeded 10,000, and experts believe it is much higher.
More than 1,700 cases were detected in South Africa, where a test campaign was conducted. A single hospital in Durban, a city in the east of the country, diagnosed 66 people.
The health authorities said that the majority is represented by medical personnel.
South Africa, where a 21-day isolation period was established, has taken strict measures to spread false information and conspiracy theories about coronavirus. A man was taken in front of a judge in Cape Town on Tuesday for repeatedly posting on social media that tests lead to infection.
Self-help organizations continue to draw attention to regions on the continent where health systems are fragile.
UN officials have reported that in Somalia, for example, there are only 2 health workers per 100,000 people, compared to the global average of 25.
“An epidemic of COVID-19 would already devastate the fragile health system,” the Office for the Coordination of UN Humanitarian Action said on Tuesday.
Also, calls have been made to take measures to alleviate the crisis that the pandemic will cause in African economies.
Worldwide, since the end of last year, coronavirus screening in China has registered over 1.4 million cases of infection and more than 81,000 deaths. About 300,000 of the sick were healed.
Turkey is the country where the fastest rate of infection was reported. The number of cases is increasing daily, with over 3,000, exceeding 30,200 in the last four weeks. The number of deaths is about 650.
In Europe, Spain recorded the most cases, over 141,000, and Italy, the most deaths, more than 17,100.