Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people.
More than 21,000 people have died of Covid-19.
While experts say infection tolls in richer nations can be significant undercounts, large numbers of undetected cases are a greater danger for Africa, with many of the world’s weakest health systems.
The World Health Organization calls the milestone a “pivotal point” for Africa as infections in several countries are surging.
The virus has spread beyond major cities “into distant hinterlands” where few health resources exist and reaching care could take days.
South Africa is the worst hit country in the continent with more than half the total number of cases reported.
The rising number of new infections are a major cause for concern as many African countries are deemed as ill prepared to deal with the pandemic.
Kenya on Thursday reported 671 new Covid-19 infections and now has a total caseload of 23,873.
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