Published on February 19, 2020, by Marius Gilbert
Egypt, Algeria and Republic of South Africa are the African countries most at risk for coronavirus COVID-19 importation in the continent, due to high air traffic with the contaminated Chinese provinces.
But these countries are also among the best equipped on the continent to quickly detect and deal with new cases. In other African countries, the risk of importation is lower, but health organization deficiencies raise concerns about rapid spread.
The paper can be accessed here
Gilbert M, G Pullano, F Pinotti, E Valdano, C Poletto, PY Boëlle, E D’Ortenzio, Y Yazdanpanah, SP Eholie, M Altmann, B Gutierrez, M Kraemer, V Colizza (2020) Preparedness and vulnerability of African countries against importations of COVID-19: a modelling study. The Lancet doi 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30411-6.