John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), plans to visit Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo in response to an increase in COVID-19 infections.
Nkengasong says overall, Africa recorded an 8% rise in new coronavirus cases over the past month. The countries with the highest rates of increase of cases in the past week include DR Congo at 37%, Kenya at 34% and Nigeria at 17%.
“We cannot relent on our efforts to bend the curve. The virus tends to give you a sign that you are winning and it comes back more severely. We are strongly advocating for the control measures including the wearing of masks which we appeal to countries to subsidize masks,” Nkengasong said.
In Africa and throughout much of the world, the increase in new COVID-19 infections coincided with the easing of restrictions and other measures put in place earlier this year to help stem the spread of the coronavius. Many governments cited the need to jump-start their economies as justification for relaxing COVID-19 restrictions.
Earlier this week, South Africa, for example, announced it was reopening its borders to all international travelers.
Travelers will also be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, and those displaying any symptoms and those who have been in contact with an infected person may be expected to take a mandatory test (at their own cost).
If the test is positive, a traveler may be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site (also at their own cost)