The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned African countries against easing lockdown restrictions saying that would only worsen the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The warning comes when the total number of known cases on the continent is approaching one (1) million with more than 20 countries across Africa recording a higher number of new cases than in the previous weeks.
In a virtual news conference, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti said only five countries account for 75% of the total cases, with South Africa accounting for most. She added:
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We are concerned that now that the countries have had to release their measures, we will see an increase in cases as we have seen in [other] countries.
In the past 25 days, the cases have doubled [in Africa] with South Africa continuing to account for the majority of cases, however, fewer new cases have been reported in the past seven days.
African governments, like others around the world, are under pressure to reopen their fragile and receding economies to save the citizenry from the adverse effects of the virus.
Meanwhile, experiences from some states are reopening their economies suggest that prematurely doing so is a bad idea.