Humanitarian crisis in the Central Sahel region of Africa is going out of control, with more than 5 million people facing severe food insecurity across the region, according to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP).

The WFP said the rise comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across countries with the weakest health systems around the world.

Burkina Faso has the highest number of coronavirus cases in West Africa, with 288 confirmed cases, and 16 deaths.

“This is a crisis layered on top of a crisis, and the situation risks getting out of hand,” Chris Nikoi,

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