Even though Africa continues to be one of the least affected continents by the coronavirus, the spread of Covid-19 is picking up speed and the Red Cross has urged for immediate containment measures.

"So far, Africa has been the continent least affected by the pandemic, but if measures to contain the virus are not taken immediately, it could be devastating for Africa's people and health-care systems," the incoming regional director of ICRC for Africa Patrick Youssef said in a statement on Tuesday.