The coronavirus pandemic will bear harsh consequences in Africa and the continent needs collective action to diminish its impacts, the regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa said Thursday.

There are over 17,000 confirmed cases across Africa, as the pandemic has reached each corner of the continent, Matshidiso Moeti told a joint media briefing with the WHO and World Economic Forum.

She said humanitarian and economic consequences of the COVID-19 “pandemic will be profound in Africa, and we need solidarity and collective action to mitigate the impacts.”

Moeti urged countries to ensure the “maintenance of essential

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