The Coronavirus Could Ravage Africa’s Already Fragile Health Systems

Outside the Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, Feb. 28, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
Outside the Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, Feb. 28, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. After a delayed arrival of the novel coronavirus, there are now more than 720 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 20 related deaths across Africa. With the head of the World Health Organization warning the continent to “prepare for the worst,” African leaders are turning to extraordinary measures to try and slow the pandemic’s spread before it can overwhelm their fragile health systems. The first confirmed case of COVID-19 on the continent came only in mid-February, weeks after the outbreak had spread […]

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