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.


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.


Written by How Africa News

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