African Union (AU) body dealing with the pandemic has said that an “aggressive and bold” measures are needed urgently as Africa’s coronavirus cases pass the one-million mark,.
Officials have announced that South Africa – where testing has been widespread – accounts for more than half of all cases. Tanzania’s lack of data meanwhile is a “concern” for the African Union.
According to what experts are saying, lack of comprehensive testing across Africa means the true extent of the pandemic is not known.
Tanzania, for example, has not published figures for weeks and in early July its health minister said the virus was “heading towards an end”.
The Director of the AU’s Centres for Disease and Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Dr. John Nkengasong told newsmen that “we continue to reach out to Tanzania but we’re not having the right responses”.
All over the continent, more than 22,000 people have died with Covid-19 and almost 690,000 people have recovered, the figures show.
Just over eight million tests have been carried out, but Dr. Nkengasong said at least 13 million tests should have taken place.