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World Health Organization says Europe has become the epicenter in COVID-19

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebryeyeous

So far there are fewer cases in Africa

 

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of World Health Organization, said in a speech Saturday Europe has become the epicenter of COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus pandemic with more reported cases and deaths then the rest of the world outside of China.

“More cases are being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic,” said Dr. Ghebreyesus. More than 132 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO from 123 countries and territories and 5,000 people have died.

The United States announced that it is banning travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland beginning Monday night, bringing the total travel restricted countries in Europe to 28.

Spain announced a nationwide lockdown as France moved to close all nonessential businesses — including cafes, restaurants and movie theaters.

Italian health officials reported 3,497 new cases, a little more than half of which came from the northern region of Lombardy, Europe’s most affected area

An additional 157 people also died between Friday and Saturday.

Italy has now reported a total of 21,157 cases, with authorities predicting that the numbers will continue to rise despite a national lockdown in place initiated on March 9.

The World Health Organization has classified the COVID-19 as a pandemic, which means it is prevalent worldwide. As of Tuesday, the World Health Organization reported there are 184,976 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in 159 countries and 7,529 deaths. The numbers are fluid and change fast.

The first case in Africa was recorded in Egypt on February 14 and by early March, there were only two more cases in Nigeria and Algeria.

Egypt has now recorded 166 cases and four deaths. Algeria has reported 60 cases and four deaths. Ghana has recorded six cases; Cameroon reported five cases and Ethiopia reported five cases.

South Africa has 62 cases.

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