According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 has the potential to kill 190,000 in Africa in its first year if the right measures are not put in place.

WHO believes the number of death will outnumber the capacity of hospitals to control the surge which will be disastrous for the poor continent.

According to WHO’s Regional Director, Matshidiso Moeti, the virus could see a longer outbreak although presently, the numbers are few.

“While coronavirus likely won’t spread as exponentially in Africa as elsewhere in the world, it likely will smolder in transmission hotspots,” Dr. Moeti said.

WHO said the continent must work to strengthen its health system to withstand the upsurge in the cases very soon.

“Covid-19 could become a fixture in our lives for the next several years unless a proactive approach is taken by many governments in the region. We need to test, trace, isolate, and treat,” Dr. Moeti said.