“We have now reached the surge.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa passed the milestone of 500,000 confirmed cases across the continent, South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told parliament, “The storm that we have consistently warned South Africans about is now arriving.” Meanwhile, Nairobi’s health system is under “severe strain,” and a lack of good testing and other health data suggests a “silent epidemic” may be unfolding across Africa. Get the latest developments here >