Africa's coronavirus cases pass 400,000 with over 10,000 deaths

03Jul 2020
The Guardian
Africa's coronavirus cases pass 400,000 with over 10,000 deaths

THE continental case load crossed the 400,000 mark as of July 1 according to John Hopkins University tallies. The death toll also surpassed 10,000.

By Abdur Rahman

There are over 201,800 active cases against 193,000 recoveries across Africa. South Africa remains the most impacted with over 150,000 cases from over 1.6 million tests.

The top five countries are South Africa (151,209), Egypt (68,311), Nigeria (25,), Ghana (17,741) and Algeria (13,907). These statistics are valid as of July 1, 2020 at 11:01 GMT.

Africa’s figures continue to be very low compared to other continents. Europe and America alone accounted for over 50 percent of cases when the World Health Organization (WHO) recently confirmed that global figures had gone past 10,000,000.

In South America, Brazil remains one of the worst impacted along with Iran in the Middle East, Russia and India also have high case loads.

Africa’s case load passed the 300,000 mark late Sunday according to statistics by the John Hopkins University tracker. As of June 22, the figure had reached 306,000 with 8,116 deaths.

The active cases were at 151,937 with recoveries at 146,337. The continents’ most impacted remains South Africa whose tallies are almost a third of confirmed cases – current case load stands at 97,302.

Egypt (North Africa) and Nigeria (West Africa) complete the top three slots with 55,233 and 20,244 respectively. The most impacted in East / Horn of Africa region is Sudan (8,580), whiles Cameroon is Central Africa’s most hit (11,892).

Africa breached the 200,000 mark on June 10 according to the AU’s Africa Centers for Disease Control, which at the time reported that there were 203,899 cases along with 5,530 deaths and 91,398 recoveries.

Concerns continue to be raised across the continent relative to testing strength of countries especially at a time when the virus is said to have reached the stage of community transmission in most places.

Despite that, governments are easing lockdowns and reopening economies as populations are urged to embrace the new normal and play a more active role in helping to combat the virus.