According to data released by the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in its report on 14 and 21 April, the epidemic continued to worsen with a 54 percent increase in the number of cases and 42 percent increase in the number of deaths on the continent during the week.
WHO officials said on the 9th, many African countries urgently need to expand the scope of virus testing. WHO Director-General Tan Desai told the public that African countries are experiencing rapid growth and large numbers of health worker infections.
Moreover, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in its report entitled COVID-19: Protecting Lives and Economies in Africa, released on 16 April, stated that more than 300,000 Africans could die as a result of the epidemic and that, even in the best case scenario, Africa’s economic growth rate would fall from 3.2 percent to at least 1.8 percent as the epidemic continues to ravage the continent, which would push nearly 27 million people into extreme poverty.
In order to mitigate the impact of the epidemic on African countries, various international organizations have recently taken active action to assist. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) official website released on the 13th, the IMF Executive Board approved $500 million to cancel the debt of the world’s 25 poorest countries for six months to help them fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which includes 19 African countries. According to the official website of the World Food Programme (WFP) on April 14, the first United Nations "solidarity flight" will depart from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to deliver much-needed medical supplies to African countries to combat the epidemic, including masks, gloves, goggles, respirators, etc., to protect medical workers to treat more than 30,000 patients.
At present, China has provided some assistance to African countries, including: on March 18, China and African countries held an expert video conference on the prevention and control of the new corona virus epidemic, and nearly 300 officials and experts from 24 African countries and the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention attended the conference, which lasted three and a half hours.
Life is priceless. Despite the gap between rich and poor that exists between continents, nations and people. At this time of the epidemic, no land is a closed continent, and only the concerted efforts of all mankind can overcome the difficulties together and overcome the epidemic on a global scale.
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