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UN chief praises Africa’s ‘swift’ coronavirus response

UN Secretary General António Guterres has praised Africa’s “swift” response to the coronavirus pandemic, with reported cases much lower than initially feared.

“Most [African countries] have moved rapidly to deepen regional coordination, deploy health workers, and enforce quarantines, lockdowns and border closures. Most [African countries] have moved rapidly to deepen regional coordination, deploy health workers, and enforce quarantines, lockdowns and border closures,” he said in a statement.

“They are also drawing on the experience of HIV/Aid and Ebola to debunk rumours and overcome mistrust of government, security forces and health workers.”

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They are also drawing on the experience of HIV/AIDS and Ebola to debunk rumours and overcome mistrust of government, security forces and health workers.”

The AFP news agency reports him telling RFL radio in France that the developed world could learn from Africa’s response.

“Most African governments and organisations took in time very brave prevention measures which provide a lesson for some developed nations that did not,” he is quoted as saying.

However, he warned in his statement that it still might be early days for the pandemic in Africa and recommended international help to strengthen the continent’s health systems and food supplies to avoid a financial crisis.

The continent has so far confirmed 88,855 coronavirus cases, including 2,848 deaths.

The number of fatalities has been relatively low compared to about 323,000 deaths worldwide.

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