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Africa’s COVID-19 Infections Reach 4.9 Million

File photo: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose (L), 51, performs a swab test for COVID-19 coronavirus on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Lenasia, Johannesburg, on May 13, 2020. Michele Spatari / AFP

 

The number of COVID-19 infections in Africa reached 4,925,978 on Monday as various amid a World Health Organization (WHO) warning that the continent’s healthcare systems are “far from ready” to cope with a fresh surge of infections.

Figures published by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) also showed that the infections tally was obtained from a cumulative figure of 48,643,030 tests.

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The health agency’s data shows that 132,425 virus-related deaths have been recorded on the continent.

South Africa remains the hardest-hit country by the pandemic in Africa, having registered 1,696,564 infections with 56,974 deaths.

Only Morocco, with 521,426 cases, has reported more than half a million COVID-19 infections on the continent.

A further look at the Africa CDC data shows that besides the two, three other African countries have recorded more than 200,000 infections; Tunisia (355,732), Ethiopia (272,914) and Egypt (267,972).

Egypt (15,352) and Tunisia (12,980) are the only other countries on the continent besides South Africa to have reported more than 10,000 virus-related fatalities.

In total, Africa has registered 4,445,872 successful recoveries.

Last week, the WHO regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, warned of a possible third-wave of the pandemic in Africa, urging countries to bolster their response plans.

“The threat of a third wave in Africa is real and rising,” she said.

In recent weeks, parts of the continent have seen a worrying rise in infections, even as efforts continue to contain the pandemic.

South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda are some of the countries to have seen a rise in their active caseloads.

In response, Uganda on Sunday announcer tighter restrictions, including a 42-day closer of schools and religious gatherings.

Countries on the continent continue to vaccinate their populations, hoping to stop further spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable.

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