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The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Thursday, that the number of deaths caused by malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa could double to 769,000 this year, as efforts to curb the disease are disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Africa has more than 25,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 1,200 deaths, and governments working with partners such as the WHO are focusing on tackling the pandemic.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa called on all countries to ensure that essential malaria prevention work continues.

“A recent analysis has found that if insecticide-treated bed net distribution stops, and case management reduces, malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could double in comparison to 2018,” Moeti said.

“This would be the highest number of deaths seen in the region since the year 2000.”

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