WHO surveillance assistant, Bola Adelakun visits a maternal health facility in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos. WHO consultants are helping to find COVID19 cases in health facilities in the state/Photo: WHO Africa

Covid-19: More than 1 million infected cases in Africa – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Office for Africa located in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are over one million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent.

The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account @WHOAFRO on Friday.

WHO stated on its dashboard that “there are over 1,000,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 690,000 recoveries and more than 22,000 deaths cumulatively”.

It stated that South Africa had 538,184 cases and 9,604 deaths, followed by Nigeria with 45,244 confirmed cases and 930 deaths, while Ghana had 39,642 confirmed cases and 199 deaths.

It added that Seychelles, Eritrea and Mauritius were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.

The office said that Seychelles had 114 confirmed cases with zero death, Eritrea; 282 confirmed cases with zero death, Mauritius had 344 reported cases with 10 deaths.

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10 countries account for 89% (735,482) of all reported COVID19 cases in the African Region: South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar & Senegal. South Africa accounts for more than half.

“There has been a 13% increase in the number of #COVID19 cases in the African Region in the past week, compared to a 18% increase recorded during the previous reporting period,” the organisation reported.

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