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In Africa, six nations seem so far to be spared coronavirus

The global pandemic has been confirmed in almost every country, but for a handful of far-flung tiny island states, war-torn Yemen and isolated North Korea. AFP|Last Updated: Mar 31, 2020, 02.19 PM IST 0 CommentsSave iStock 8 Coronavirus Six of Africa’s 54 nations are among the last in the world yet to report cases of the new coronavirus. The global pandemic has been confirmed in almost every country, but for a handful of far-flung tiny island states, war-torn Yemen and isolated North Korea. In Africa authorities claim they are spared by god, or simply saved by low air traffic to their countries, however some fear it is lack of testing that is hiding the true impact. – South Sudan – The east African nation is barely emerging from six years of civil war and with high levels of hunger, illness and little infrastructure, observers fear the virus could wreak havoc. Doctor Angok Gordon Kuol, one of those charged with overseeing the fight against the virus, said the country had only carried out 12 tests, none of which were positive. He said the reason the virus has yet to reach South Sudan could be explained by the low volume of air traffic and travel to the country. “Very few airlines come to South Sudan and most of the countries affected today they are affected by… people coming from abroad.”

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