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Limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Africa : one size mitigation strategies do not fit all countries
Mehtar, Shaheen ; Preiser, Wolfgang ; Lakhe, Ndeye Aissatou ; Bousso, Abdoulaye ; TamFum, Jean-Jacques Muyembe ; Kallay, Oscar ; Seydi, Moussa ; Zumla, Alimuddin ; Nachega, Jean B. (2020)
CITATION: Mehtar, S. et al. 2020. Limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Africa : one size mitigation strategies do not fit all countries. Lancet Global Health, doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30212-6.
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On March 11, 2020, when coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was declared a pandemic by WHO, there were comparatively few cases reported from Africa. Our Comment draws on early imported COVID-19 cases in South Africa, Senegal, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Egypt as case studies to discuss important mitigation strategies of COVID-19 in Africa.