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WHO fears covid-19 silent epidemic in Africa, analysts think otherwise

Africa has so far been spared the worst impact of the coronavirus, but the World Health Organization is worried the continent could face a “silent epidemic” if its leaders do not prioritise testing for it, a WHO envoy said on Monday.

“My first point for Africa, my first concern, is that a lack of testing is leading to a silent epidemic in Africa. So we must continue to push leaders to prioritise testing,” Samba Sow told a news conference according to Reuters.

Many analysts spoken to across the continent by AfricanQuarters see things differently, they said that they are sick and tired of WHO predictions of doom in Africa, they described as preposterous any suggestion that such pandemic that can easily affect thousands within a short time can be hidden out of world view.

They cited growing claims that some people who were declared Covid-19 positive do not have the virus, they however, agreed that some people actually got the virus but not up to the numbers that WHO deemed too small.

Recently, a nurse in New York, USA, reacted to a video of coronavirus patients having a party in an isolation centre in Nigeria, describing it as a complete joke, she said this cannot be covid-19.

Some of the analysts are calling on WHO to rather focus effort on conducting studies on why the virus has not been spreading widely in Africa as earlier predicted, as a way to help the global community out of the current situation.

Lending his voice  Mr. Anie Anokuru a contemporary issue analyst said that, there is something fishy about the whole thing, he said ‘how come WHO is not encouraging local remedies as a way out of the whole situation’.

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