Coronavirus found in sub-Saharan Africa as WHO says spread could 'get out of control'
Coronavirus has spread to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time as stock market losses around the world deepened amid investor alarm over a potential global pandemic.
Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said the first case in the region was an Italian citizen who worked in Nigeria and had returned from Italy to Lagos on 25 February. “The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” Ehanire said.
The case is just the third on the African continent, something that has puzzled health specialists given the continent’s close ties China. The WHO said Africa’s “fragile health systems” also meant the threat posed by the virus “is considerable”.
Egypt had the first case of Covid-19 in Africa, announced on 14 February. Algeria declared it had a case on Tuesday, an Italian adult who arrived in the country on 17 February. That prompted the WHO’s regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, to warn that the “window of opportunity the continent has had to prepare for coronavirus disease is closing.”
That's it, game over. I've been saying this from the start, but this is going to be so much worse than your regular flu. All the people pretending otherwise are either delusional, arrogant, or scared. I'm confident that not only is this virus unstoppable, but that it's already ubiquitous, and chances are most of us already have it. I mean the incubation period can be up to almost a month, and even asymptomatic people are infectious. Couple this with the sheer amount of travel between regions, and there is no way this virus has not gained a foothold in nearly every major city on this planet.
Ah, but let's not forget that "tHe mOrtaLiTy rAtE iS oNlY 2%". If only those who cling to this number realized that 2% of 7.8 billion is still 15.6 million people. Nevermind the number hospitalized, or the number of businesses shut, or supply chains collapsed. We're going to feel this big time, and it's going to get bad very fast.