Africa COVID trajectory is ‘very concerning’, WHO official says

PUBLISHED: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 15:59:05 GMT
Mike Shields and John Miller
Reuters
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GENEVA, June 18 (Reuters) – The trend of COVID-19 cases in Africa is very concerning, a senior World Health Organization official said on Friday.

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Absolute numbers do not make Africa look in bad shape, said Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, adding that in the last week it had recorded just over 5% of global cases and 2.2% of deaths.

But given the level of underdiagnosis, he told a news conference: “It’s a trajectory that is very, very concerning.”

(Reporting by Mike Shields and John Miller; Writing by Giles Elgood; Editing by Alison Williams)