WHO modelling study indicate that coronavirus could kill over 150,000 and infect 231 million people in Africa

WHO modelling study indicate that coronavirus could kill over 150,000 and infect 231 million people in Africa

WHO modelling study indicate that coronavirus could kill over 150,000  and infect 231 million people in Africa

According to the WHO  ( World Health Organizations) report modelling study, it has been indicated that the coronavirus (COVID-19) could kill 150,000 people in Africa and infect 231 million people in a year unless urgent action is taken.

Authors of the research said even though many African nations have been swift to adopt containment measures, health systems could still quickly become overwhelmed.

That would divert already limited resources to tackle major health issues in the region, such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and malnutrition, worsening the effects of coronavirus.

"The region will have fewer deaths, but occurring more in relatively younger age groups, amongst people previously considered healthy due to undiagnosed non-communicable diseases," the report said, adding that these trends are already emerging.

Transmission is estimated to be greatest in smaller nations, with Mauritius found to have the highest risk of exposure.

Of the continent's larger countries, South Africa, Cameroon and Algeria were also in the top 10 for exposure risk