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A man wearing a face mask walks outside the Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Outside the Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, Feb. 28, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).

The Coronavirus Could Ravage Africa’s Already Fragile Health Systems

Friday, March 20, 2020

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. ...

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