Africa’s COVID-19 numbers hit 700,000; deaths near 15,000

Highest Covid-19 cases recorded in South Africa

Africa’s caseload has crossed the 700,000 mark as of today. Half of the cases are recorded in South Africa where there are over 350,000 confirmed cases.

As of last Friday (July 17), the WHO Africa region reported that there had been a 27% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

10 countries account for 88% (440,672) of all reported COVID19 cases in the African Region: South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia & DRC, a WHO Africa situation report noted.

“Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugees and around 19 million internally displaced people. It is in the interest of peace, international security and equity that all countries & partners do more to help these vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis,” the WHO regional director Matshidiso Moeti said.

The five most impacted countries are as follows:

  • South Africa = 350,879
  • Egypt = 87,172
  • Nigeria = 36,107
  • Ghana = 27,060
  • Algeria = 22,549

 Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now above a half-million

Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases. The continent-wide total is over 508,000, according to figures released Wednesday by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and corroborated by the John Hopkins University tallies.

It comes after South Africa – by a mile Africa’s most impacted nation – recorded another day of more than 10,000 confirmed cases as a new global hot spot.

The true number of cases among Africa’s 1.3 billion people is unknown as its 54 countries continue to face a serious shortage of testing materials for the virus. “A tremendous problem, a real crisis of access,” the World Health Organization’s Africa chief, Matshidiso Moeti, said last week.

The continent reached the 400,000 mark on July 1 when John Hopkins tallies put the caseload at 405,171. It means that over 100,000 cases were recorded within the space of one week to reach the half a million milestone.