Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now established in Africa, with more than 63 000 cases and 2200 deaths in 53 countries, as of May 11, 2020. Fragile health systems leave African countries vulnerable to the anticipated surge in severely ill patients with COVID-19, despite much younger populations.


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Divala, T., Burke, R., Ndeketa, L., Corbett, E. & MacPherson, P. 2020, 'Africa faces difficult choices in responding to COVID-19', The Lancet, 395(10237), pp. 1611-1611. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31056-4

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