WHO Advises Mask Wearing as Africa’s COVID-19 Death Nears 5, 000

ADDIS ABEBA – Nearly 5, 000 have died due to the noble coronavirus (COVID-19) in the continent, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

In its daily update, the branch of the African Union bloc confirmed 4, 902 people passed away as of Saturday, June 6, 2020.

The majority of the cases reported in North Africa where 2, 161 people passed away due to the virus followed by southern and western Africa with 933 and 795 death records, respectively.

Eastern African nations also reported 592 deaths while countries in central Africa managed to limit the death number to 421.

Fifty-four African nations confirmed coronavirus cases also reached 176, 807 on the same day, according to Africa CDC. More than 78, 267 patients have recovered from the virus.

In the most affected countries, the number of fatalities rose to 1,166 in Egypt, 908 in South Africa, 690 in Algeria, 333 in Sudan, 844 in Nigeria, 208 in Morocco, 205 in Cameroon, 53 in Burkina Faso, 43 in Mauritania and 42 in Ghana.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The global body said new information showed they could provide “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”.
Some countries around the world including Ethiopia mandate the wearing of face coverings in public.

The UN agency had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks, but advised that medical face masks should be worn by people who are sick and those caring for them.

According to the WHO, the recommendation is for people to wear a “fabric mask – that is, a non-medical mask” in areas where there is a risk of transmission of the disease.

Globally, there have been 6.7 million confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 400,000 deaths since the outbreak began late last year, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.