Africa recorded nearly 26,000 cases as of Thursday up from 16,000 a week ago, while the death toll hit 1,200. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, warned the true figures could be higher.
Mr Nkengasong said Africa has a “very, very limited” and “very, very strained” testing capacity.
It comes after the World Health Organisation warned coronavirus could kill more than 300,000 people in Africa and leave 30 million in poverty.
Mr Nkengasong said Africa has time to avert such a crisis but testing and tracing is critical.
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7.45am update: PM ‘on very good form’ – Hancock
Boris Johnson is “on very good form”, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
The Prime Minister is continuing his coronavirus recovery at his official country residence Chequers after being discharged from hospital.
Mr Hancock told Sky News: “I’m sure he’ll come back as soon as his doctors recommend it.
“That decision is for the prime minister in consultation with his doctors. I spoke to him yesterday, he’s on very good form and is clearly recovering.”
7.35am update: Millions of key workers now eligible for coronavirus tests
Key workers and their households eligible for coronavirus tests from today as the Government races to meet its 100,000 daily target by the end of the month.
NHS and social care staff, police officers, teachers, social workers, undertakers, journalists and those who work in supermarkets and food production are among those now able to register for a test on the gov.uk website if they have symptoms.
Published at Fri, 24 Apr 2020 06:40:00 +0000