Why coronavirus lockdown could see 6.3 million more people get tuberculosis

Heath officials check the listings of people who are to be tested for Covid-19 as well as HIV and tuberculosis, in downtown Johannesburg last month.

(CNN)Around 1.4 million more people could die of tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the fight against the infection, predicts new research.

Worldwide efforts to grapple with coronavirus are badly affecting diagnosis, treatment and prevention of TB, experts said, predicting an additional 6.3 million cases of the infection by 2025 as a result, according to a report published Wednesday.
TB is a bacterial infection that affects the lungs and has been around for hundreds of years.
It kills 1.5 million people per year -- more than any other infectious disease -- and has been subject to a major drive to eliminate it from human populations in recent decades.
But those efforts have been derailed due to coronavirus, said Dr Lu