The World Health Organisation has warned that COVID-19 infections may rise during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations as social and religious gatherings are expected to increase.
In a statement on Thursday, WHO stated, “As we approach the Eid Al Adha feast, there is also increased risk of transmission as a result of social and religious mass gatherings.
WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, added that “Any decision to restrict, modify, postpone, cancel, or proceed with holding a mass gathering should be based on a standardised risk assessment, and should be part of a comprehensive approach taken by authorities to respond to the pandemic.”
WHO remarked that under-reporting of cases is a challenge as testing for COVID-19 in Africa remains low by global benchmarks but capacity has expanded significantly.
About 7.7 million tests had been performed in Africa since February.
WHO said it was supporting countries to respond to COVID-19 by providing technical guidance, crucial medical equipment and has remotely trained more than 72, 000 health workers and partnered with regional and national professional associations to build on existing capacity.