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Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more

Workers prepare for a burial at the Olifantsveil Cemetery outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday Aug. 6, 2020. Photo: AP Photo/Jerome Delay. Workers prepare for a burial at the Olifantsveil Cemetery outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday Aug. 6, 2020.

Associated Press
Created: August 06, 2020 04:00 PM

Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is likely several times higher. That reflects the gaping lack of testing for the continent's 1.3 billion people.

Large numbers of undetected cases are a danger for Africa with many of the world's weakest health systems. Some countries have only a single testing machine. Some have conducted less than 500 tests per million people.

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