21 May 2020
HealthDay Reports: WHO Predicts COVID-19 Will Take Heavy Toll in Africa
A new modeling forecast suggests that COVID-19 could hit Africa hard, sickening up to a quarter-billion people in the first year and causing 190,000 deaths.
WHO Predicts COVID-19 Will Take Heavy Toll in Africa
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Without quick action, the new coronavirus could sicken up to a quarter-billion people in Africa during the pandemic's first year and claim 190,000 lives, a new modeling forecast suggests.
Up to 5.5 million people could require hospitalization, 140,000 could have severe COVID-19, and 89,000 would be critically ill, the World Health Organization study says.
The forecast -- led by author Humphrey Karamagi, from WHO's office in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo -- has been accepted for publication in the journal BMJ Global Health.