The novel coronavirus has spread to at least 31 countries in Africa and infected about 548 people, according to local reports and the latest tally by virus tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins
The situation has evolved quickly over the past week alone, and with several African nations promising to test more people, the picture may get darker and darker.
The virus has spread from northern Africa to the South and from East Africa to the West.
On Wednesday morning, there were 196 cases in Egypt, 116 in South Africa, 60 in Algeria, 44 in Morocco, 26 in Senegal, 24 in Tunisia and 15 in Burkina Faso.
There were 10 cases in Cameroon, 8 in Nigeria, 7 in Rwanda, 7 in Ghana, 5 in Ethiopia, 5 in Cote D’Ivoire, 3 in Kenya, 3 in DRC, 3 in Equatorial Guinea, 2 in Liberia and 2 in Namibia.
There was one confirmed case each in The Gambia, Guinea, Tanzania, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Somalia, Benin, Togo, Central African Republic, Eswatini, Sudan, and Mauritania.
Apart from Africa, Ma announced last week he wound send medical relief to the United States.
The novel coronavirus evolution in Africa is similar to the situation in South East Asia.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization called on member states in South-East Asia region to urgently scale-up aggressive measures to combat COVID-19, as confirmed cases crossed 480, and the disease claimed eight lives.
“The situation is evolving rapidly. We need to immediately scale up all efforts to prevent the virus from infecting more people,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region.
Eight of the 11 countries of WHO South-East Asia Region have confirmed cases of COVID-19. While Thailand has 177 confirmed cases, Indonesia 134, India 125, Sri Lanka 19, Maldives 13, Bangladesh 5, Nepal and Bhutan one each. These numbers are increasing quickly.
“More clusters of virus transmission are being confirmed. While this is an indication of an alert and effective surveillance, it also puts the spotlight on the need for more aggressive and whole of society efforts to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We clearly need to do more, and urgently,” the Regional Director said.