Africa could see 300,000 coronavirus deaths this year

Africa Coronavirus
Posted at 7:04 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 07:04:06-04

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa could see 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus even under the best-case scenario, according to a new report that cites modeling from Imperial College London.

The report published Friday by the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa says that under the worst-case scenario with no interventions against the virus, Africa could see 3.3 million deaths and 1.2 billion infections.

Experts have warned that any of the scenarios would overwhelm Africa’s largely fragile and underfunded health systems.

Poverty, crowded urban conditions and widespread health problems make Africa “particularly susceptible” to the virus, the U.N. report said.

The continent as of Friday had more than 18,000 confirmed virus cases but Africa is weeks behind Europe in the pandemic.