The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged African countries to keep on taking necessary precautions as they resume domestic and international flights to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
WHO’s regional director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti said in Thursday’s press release that most of the African countries depend on air travel in boosting their economy.
When the pandemic was reported in Africa, most of its countries closed borders and suspended air travels as efforts to contain the deadly virus.
In a recent couple of days, we have seen some African countries such as Tanzania, Zambia among others resuming flights both domestic and international.
The 15 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are promising to resume flights on July 25.
In the statement, Dr Moeti recommended the countries lifting such restrictions to observe entry and exit screening, maintain social distance among other set measures such as registering incoming passengers so as to curb the pandemic.
This week the African Union’s commissioner for infrastructure and energy Amani Abou-Zeid said the continent had lost more than $55 billion in travel and tourism revenue to Covid-19.
Africa has so far reported more than 10,000 fatalities and has confirmed more than 414,000 cases and more than 200,000 recoveries.
According to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria are the hardest-hit countries in Africa.