Without adequate intervention measures, estimates show that between 300,000 and 3.3 million African people could lose their lives due to coronavirus, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said in a report on Friday.

It said this could happen as the pandemic continues spreading across the continent’s weak economies whose growth is expected to slow down from 3.2 % to 1.8 % “in a best-case scenario, pushing close to 27 million people into extreme poverty.”

There are over 17,000 confirmed cases across the continent, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

“To protect and

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