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Coronavirus cases rapidly rising in Africa

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South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon top the list of countries with the highest reported cases

THE WORLD Health Organization (WHO) said the number of reported Covid-19 cases in the “African region” has increased from 33 000 to over 34 000 in just a day.

The WHO regional office for Africa gave an update on its official Twitter account on Wednesday.

“There are 34 610 Covid-19 cases reported on the African continent – with over 11 180 associated recoveries and 1 517 deaths recorded in the 52 countries,” it said.

The WHO African region Covid-19 dashboard showed that in sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa suffered the most severe outbreak, while Cameroon and Ghana had more than 3 300 confirmed cases combined.

The figures on the dashboard showed that South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon had continued to top the list of countries with the highest reported cases.

On Thursday, WHO figures showed that South Africa had 5 350 cases and 103 deaths followed by Algeria with 3 848 and 444 deaths, while Cameroon had 1 832 confirmed cases with 61 deaths.

According to the dashboard, Mauritania, Gambia, and Sao Tome and Principe are countries with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.

It showed Mauritania had the lowest confirmed cases, with eight, and reported one death.

Gambia, the dashboard showed, was the second country with the lowest confirmed cases with 11 reported cases and one death. Sao Tome and Principe, the third country with the lowest cases, had recorded 10 confirmed cases with zero deaths.

The dashboard showed that Nigeria and Ghana were among the top five countries with the highest cases with 1 728 confirmed cases and 51 deaths. Ghana was number five with 1 671 cases and 16 fatalities.

Meanwhile, countries in the “Mediterranean region”, Egypt and Morocco, have recorded the highest infections.

Egypt is currently sitting on 5 268 cases and 380 deaths, followed by Morocco with 4 321 and 168 fatalities.

-African News Agency (ANA)