COVID-19: Total infections in Africa now above 175,000 – WHO

COVID-19: Total infections in Africa now above 175,000 - WHO

Following the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in Egypt on February 14, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has said that Africa has over 175,000 cases.

Also, recall that the Mediterranean country (Egypt) recorded the first COVID-19 death on the continent.

Nigeria recorded the first COVID-19 case in sub-Saharan Africa on February 27.

As of Saturday, the WHO said Africa now had over 175,000 cases. More than 8,400 patients had died while over 77,000 had recovered.

“Over 175,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 77,000 recoveries & 4,800 deaths,” the WHO Regional Office for Africa stated via its Twitter handle @WHOAFRO on Saturday.

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A breakdown by WHO Africa showed that South Africa had the highest number of cases at over 43,000 with 908 deaths; Nigeria came second with over 11,000 cases and 333 deaths. Algeria was third with around 10,000 cases and 690 deaths. Ghana and Cameroon came fourth with 9,168 and 7,392 cases, and 42 and 205 deaths, respectively.

The WHO said Namibia, Seychelles, and Lesotho had the least number of cases at 25, 11 and 4. The three countries recorded zero deaths.

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