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Coronavirus storm brewing in Africa, warns top EU diplomat

By DPA Time of article published Apr 3, 2020

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Brussels (dpa) - The European Union's top foreign affairs official

sounded the alarm on Friday over the spread of Covid-19 in Africa.

Europe is at the epicentre of the new coronavirus pandemic, but the

potentially lethal respiratory disease has also expanded in Africa,

where memories of the Ebola outbreak are still fresh in a number of

countries.

"Africa is a particular concern to us," Josep Borrell said in

Brussels, "They are our neighbours and the pandemic there could get

out of control very rapidly."

Covid-19 has hit Europe hard, claiming more than 35,000 lives so far.

But the continent is comparatively well equipped to deal with the

crisis, with a ratio of 37 doctors to 10,000 people, according to

Borrell. In Africa this ratio is 1 to 10,000.

It is crucial that sanctions in place on certain countries do not

prevent the delivery of medical supplies, the EU official stressed

after a videoconference with the bloc's foreign ministers.

EU development ministers are to discuss how to assist Africa at talks

next week, according to Borrell.

dpa

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