Global COVID-19 cases surpass 2.6 million, US deaths near 50,000 as Australia’s death toll stands at 76
Africa CDC director John Nkengasong conceded the true cases are far higher.
“If you don’t test, you don’t find. And if you don’t test, you are blinded. If you don’t test, you are not ahead of the curve,” he said.
“It is an uphill battle to build health systems while you need them.
“That is what we are actually doing now. We are playing catch-up and that is a very, very tough thing to do.”
The World Health Organisation has warned that the continent could become the next epicentre of the pandemic.
A recent UN report warned the virus could kill more than 300,000 Africans and push 30 million into desperate poverty.