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WHO says Lockdown has reduced Covid-19 cases in Africa by 40 per cent.

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Lockdown reduced cases of Covid-19 by 40 per cent in African countries, the global health organisation has revealed.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the prompt action by governments to implement lockdowns and physical distancing, alongside effective public health measures to test, trace and treat have slowed down the spread of the virus.

Rwanda was the first country to institute lockdown on March 21, which has since been lifted.




Some 22 countries in the continent instituted partial to total lockdown.

According to WHO analysis, as reported on April 30, preliminary data indicate that implemented nationwide lockdowns found that the weekly increase in the number of new cases fell significantly from a 67 per cent rise in the first week after lockdown to a 27 per cent rise in the second week.

The analysis also shows that countries which implemented partial and targeted lockdown – like Kenya – along with effective health measures have been even more effective at slowing down the virus.





Risk losing the gains

“National and regional lockdowns have helped to slow down the spread of Covid-19, but it remains a considerable public health threat,” said WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti.
She added: “Lockdowns are being eased in some parts of Africa, but we cannot just revert to how things were before the outbreak. If governments abruptly end these measures, we risk losing the gains countries have made so far against Covid-19.”

Apart from Rwanda, South Africa and Ghana also eased lockdown restrictions. Some public health measures are however still in place, like mandatory wearing of masks in Rwanda and ban of non-essential travel across provinces in South Africa.




Ghana was the first country in the continent to relax lockdown.

To date, Africa has recorded more than 36,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 1,500 deaths. WHO lists West and Central Africa as regions of concern where so far, there are 11,000 cases, and 300 people have died.

WHO noted that in mid-April, cases increased by 113 per cent in Central Africa and 42 per cent in West Africa.

“We are still analysing the data. If further research corroborates our initial findings that targeted lockdowns, based on data and accompanied by public health measures contribute to flattening the Covid-19 curve, this could help balance the huge social costs of these measures for countries,” said Dr Moeti.

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Live Updates COVID-19 CASES
  • World 18,476,302
    World
    Confirmed: 18,476,302
    Active: 6,075,698
    Recovered: 11,702,380
    Death: 698,224
  • South Africa 516,862
    South Africa
    Confirmed: 516,862
    Active: 150,286
    Recovered: 358,037
    Death: 8,539
  • Egypt 94,640
    Egypt
    Confirmed: 94,640
    Active: 45,686
    Recovered: 44,066
    Death: 4,888
  • Nigeria 44,129
    Nigeria
    Confirmed: 44,129
    Active: 22,570
    Recovered: 20,663
    Death: 896
  • Ghana 37,812
    Ghana
    Confirmed: 37,812
    Active: 3,308
    Recovered: 34,313
    Death: 191
  • Kenya 22,597
    Kenya
    Confirmed: 22,597
    Active: 13,475
    Recovered: 8,740
    Death: 382
  • Ethiopia 19,289
    Ethiopia
    Confirmed: 19,289
    Active: 11,022
    Recovered: 7,931
    Death: 336
  • Zimbabwe 4,075
    Zimbabwe
    Confirmed: 4,075
    Active: 2,938
    Recovered: 1,057
    Death: 80
  • Somalia 3,220
    Somalia
    Confirmed: 3,220
    Active: 1,529
    Recovered: 1,598
    Death: 93
  • South Sudan 2,429
    South Sudan
    Confirmed: 2,429
    Active: 1,208
    Recovered: 1,175
    Death: 46
  • Namibia 2,406
    Namibia
    Confirmed: 2,406
    Active: 2,207
    Recovered: 187
    Death: 12
  • Rwanda 2,092
    Rwanda
    Confirmed: 2,092
    Active: 918
    Recovered: 1,169
    Death: 5
  • Tanzania 509
    Tanzania
    Confirmed: 509
    Active: 305
    Recovered: 183
    Death: 21
  • Burundi 395
    Burundi
    Confirmed: 395
    Active: 90
    Recovered: 304
    Death: 1
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