Coronavirus: Africa could be next epicentre, WHO warns
Africa could become the next epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
There was a sharp rise in cases in the past week.
There have been almost 1,000 deaths and almost 19,000 infections across Africa so far, although these rates are far lower than those seen in parts of Europe and the US.
The WHO says the virus appears to be spreading away from African capitals.
It has also highlighted that the continent does not have enough ventilators to deal with a pandemic.
How bad is the situation in Africa?
There are almost 19,000 confirmed cases in Africa and at least 970 confirmed deaths across the whole continent, which has a population of about 1.3 billion.
North Africa is the worst affected region. Algeria, Egypt and Morocco have all had more than 2,000 cases and at least 100 deaths. Algeria has had the most deaths, with 348.
Elsewhere, South Africa has also had more than 2,000 cases, with 48 deaths, while the continent’s most populous nation, Nigeria, has had 442 cases and 13 confirmed deaths out of a population of some 200 million.