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Africa COVID-19 cases hit 1.8m – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Office for Africa located in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are over 1.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the continent.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account @WHOAFRO.

WHO stated on its dashboard that there were over 1.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 1.4 million recoveries and 43,000 deaths cumulatively.

South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya are countries with highest number of reported confirmed cases.

According to the dashboard: South Africa reported 726,823 cases and 19,411 deaths, Ethiopia 96,583 cases with 1,478 deaths, while Kenya had 56,877 reported cases and 1,013 deaths.

Meanwhile, WHO has warned against a claim that eating garlic could prevent COVID-19 virus.

“Garlic is healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from new coronavirus,’’ it disclosed.

In addition, the UN health agency warned against a claim that steam inhalation was an effective treatment against COVID-19.

“Stem inhalation does not cure COVID-19 and it is not a safe treatment as it may cause serious burns, no matter how hot the steam, it will not reach the virus present in the cells of the infected individuals.

“Keep safe by staying up to date with accurate information and be aware of misinformation on social media.

“Get your facts from trusted sources so you can accurately determine your risk and take precautions,’’ it stated.

By Cecilia Ologunagba

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