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Coronavirus outbreak: Africa to get 100% testing capacity ‘soon’ – WHO



World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa region head, Matshidiso Moeti said in the next couple of weeks all African countries of their member state will have the ability and facility to test and diagnose Coronavirus soon as part of preparedness for the rampaging virus.

Matshidiso Moeti who disclosed this to BBC said she expects that all nations in sub-Saharan Africa should be able to test for the coronavirus soon.

She said records shows that 33 countries in the region already have amenities in place a improve from the earlier two where only Senegal and South Africa did months back.

In january, a supposed case in Ivory Coast was tested in Senegal.

Whiles Ethiopia and Kenya sent samples to South Africa for testing before WHO deployed testing facilities in late January.

The AU’s Center for Disease Control, CDC has also been in the front position of improvting the facility of member states.

The WHO Africa head stressed that a headache is likely to occur only if the virus spreads fast to African cities with no amenities to control and treat people.

Sub-Saharan Africa has two cases confirmed so far which is an Italian national in Nigeria and a French national in Senegal.

Over in North Africa classified by WHO as part of the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA), Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco have all recorded cases.

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