COVID-19 cases in Africa rise to 20,000; 1,000 deaths recorded – W.H.O

COVID-19 cases in Africa rise to 20,000; 1,000 deaths recorded – W.H.O

 

The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Africa have reached 20,000; while deaths recorded hit 1,000.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo; through its United Natio ’s health agency, gave the update on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Sunday.

W.H.O said that, “Over 20,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,000 associated deaths; have been reported on the African continent.’’

The breakdown on the WHO African Region COVID-19 dashboard showed that South Africa; Algeria and Cameroon had continued to top the list of countries with the highest reported cases.

 

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South Africa has 3,034 cases and 52 deaths followed by Algeria with 2,534 cases and 367 deaths, while Cameroon has 1,016 confirmed cases with 21 deaths.

According to the dashboard, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, Burundi and Mauritania; still remain countries with lowest confirmed cases in the region.

It showed that South Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe were the lowest confirmed cases; which had four cases each with zero death.

Burundi ranked the second country with the lowest confirmed cases; with five reported cases and zero death.

 

 

Mauritania, the third category with lowest cases; had recorded seven confirmed cases with one death.

Also, the dashboard showed that COVID-19 cases had risen to 373 confirmed cases; with 11 deaths in Nigeria.

 

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But in its update, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) mentioned 542 reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria; 166 cases treated and discharged with 19 deaths as at Saturday, April 18.

In addition, WHO said that Equatorial Guinea had received the UN ‘Solidarity Flight’; carrying COVID-19 medical supplies to support health workers.

“The WHO’s cargo transported by World Food Programme (WFP) includes critical personal protective equipmen; including 10,560 masks and 19,000 pairs of gloves and two ventilators,’’ the UN health agency added.

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