The World Health Organization’s (WHO) head of Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said Thursday in a teleconference that the continent still has a chance to stop the spread of Covid-19.
We still have a chance, but it is shrinking every day as data on geographical distribution reaches more and more countries, he said.
Moeti said governments across the region needed to invest their efforts in aggressively tracking all those who have come in contact with imported cases to isolate them and prevent local transmission of the disease.
The official said African countries need to work on this containment as they prepare for a possible wider spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
This effort must be accompanied by public education campaigns to ensure that people maintain physical distances, which could help limit the spread of the pathogen, he said.
South Africa has been confirmed as the African country most affected by Covid-19, with more than 900 confirmed cases.