Regional COVID-19 Situation Report for West & Central Africa 20 April 2020
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The West and Central Africa region has seen close to a 40 percent increase in new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks with a total of 6,921 contaminations as of 20 April compared with 2,725 on 06 April. Although only one case has been reported so far among the close to 10 million people of concern to UNHCR in the region, the risks are high due to local transmissions across the 21 countries covered which have weak healthcare systems. UNHCR operations are supporting governments to address the crisis in displacement areas, in line with the national priorities. Particular attention is being given to women and girls who are increasingly at risk of genderbased violence in confinement.