UN / AFRICA COVID-19

20-Mar-2020 00:00:57
Citing the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN spokesperson said there were now more than 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the African continent in 34 countries, “compared to 147 just one week ago.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / AFRICA COVID-19
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DATELINE: 20 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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20 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Turning to the African continent, the World Health Organization says that, as of yesterday, more than 600 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 34 countries, compared to 147 just one week ago. Dr. Moeti, the region director for WHO for Africa, says the rapid evolution of the virus in Africa is deeply worrisome and a call for action. But, she stressed we could still change course of the pandemic calling on governments to dramatically haul their resources and capabilities to strengthen their response. Twelve countries in the African region are now experiencing local transmission. WHO says it is crucial that government prevent local transmission from evolving into a worse-case scenario of widespread sustained community transmission.”
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Citing the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN spokesperson said there were now more than 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the African continent in 34 countries, “compared to 147 just one week ago.”

Speaking to the press virtually from his residence today (20 Mar), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric reported that Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Natalie Moeti, the region director for WHO for Africa, said “the rapid evolution of the virus in Africa is deeply worrisome and a call for action.”

However, Moeti stressed that the course of the pandemic could still be changed, “calling on governments to dramatically haul their resources and capabilities to strengthen their response.”

Twelve countries in the African region are now experiencing local transmission. WHO said it was “crucial that government prevent local transmission from evolving into a worse-case scenario of widespread sustained community transmission.”
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