The world health organization (WHO) have recently made it known that coronavirus deaths in Africa have increased by 43% in the past one week. They say this is due to shortage of intensive-care beds and oxygen, which is the highest rise in Northern Africa.
While making this announcement during a virtual press conference, the agency’s regional director, Matshidiso Moeti, said that the rise was “a clear warning sign that hospitals in the most affected countries are reaching breaking point”. He added that fatalities have risen from 4,384 the previous week to 6,273 last week.
Africa has officially recorded just a bit over six million cases of Covid-19, a figure that is far lower than all other continents but experts say it’s likely due to under-reporting of cases.