In an effort to ramp up testing, African states rolled out the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT).

The initiative “is led by three pillars: test, trace, treat,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Twitter. 

PACT “goals include conducting 10 million COVID19 tests over the next few months; deployment of 1 million community health workers to respond; and training 100,000 healthcare workers to support COVID-19 response,” he added. 

Nkengasong also said that 3.4 million tests have been conducted in Africa so far, about 1,700 tests per 1 million people, compared to 37,000 tests per 1 million in Italy and 30,000 per 1 million in Britain.

Source: AlJazeera

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