Are African countries staying ahead of the coronavirus? I Inside Story

When COVID-19 started to spread around the world, aid workers warned of disaster for Africa.
Health systems are weak and poorly funded in many places, and crowded cities making social distancing impossible.
But African countries appear to be managing.
Senegal and Ghana are among countries praised for their approach to tackle the disease.
The number of infections and deaths in Africa is much lower than the US, Europe, and Latin America.
But scientists say the figures are misleading because of low testing rates.
So are we getting a full picture of the situation?

Presenter: Bernard Smith

Guests:

Shabir Madhi – Director of the South African Medical Research Council and member of the South Africa Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19
Dr Olive Kobusingye – Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health
Yap Boum – Regional Representative of Epicenter Africa, the research branch of Doctors Without Borders

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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