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West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest, 29 May 2020

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  • Humanitarian needs have reached an unprecedented level across the region - resulting from escalating conflict and rising food insecurity - exacerbated by the spread of COVID-19.
  • In 2020, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, a record high of 44 million people across the region -- 6 million more than in 2019 -- required humanitarian assistance and protection.
  • Where the global health crisis intersects with conflict, the effects of climate change and chronic vulnerabilities, including weak national health systems, new crises may emerge.
  • As restrictive measures impact economic activities, food production, flows, markets and livelihoods, food insecurity could double.
  • Health care facilities in remote or conflict areas lack testing capacities and equipment, limiting their ability to manage a sudden influx of critical cases.


  • 46,505 Number of cases in WCA (as of 29 May)
  • 1,062 Number of deaths
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