Tracking the Numbers: Coronavirus in Africa today.

28 MAY 2020 –– The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has now exceeded 120,000. So far, 51,418 people have recovered and 3, 691 deaths have been recorded.

If you recall, in April, a group of scientists in published a report predicting that the continent will record over 450,000 cases by the second week of May. While this projection may have been loose and inaccurate, it still holds water.

Back then, only 6,500 positive cases were recorded in a few countries across the continent. So much has happened since then; all 54 countries in Africa have active cases of COVID-19, and governments are beginning to relax restriction on movements and other commercial activities, to revive the economy even though the numbers keep surging.

It appears that in many parts of the continent, residents are already getting back to normal day life, surmising that the virus may just be a fluke, or ‘senior malaria’ that can be handled. The truth is, there’s a virus out there and Africa is still likely to record hundreds of thousands of cases in the coming months.

According to BBC, there is a general consensus among those in charge of health policy on the continent that testing rates are woefully low, and this could be distorting our understanding of how far the virus has spread. This is primarily because testing capacity is very low –– if you don’t test enough, you won’t discover a lot either. There are wide variations in testing policy across the more than 50 countries but cases could be going undetected, epidemiologists say.

Also note that the early apparent successes in combatting the spread of the virus in Africa were notable, and the number of cases has not risen as quickly as elsewhere.

  • Confirmed cases = 72,391
  • Number of deaths = 2,493
  • Recoveries = 25,269
  • Infected countries = 54

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 5,792,748 cases have been detected worldwide, including 357,476 deaths and 2,498,267 recoveries.

African countries and the number of positive cases recorded so far, in alphabetical order:

  • Algeria – 8,857
  • Angola – 71
  • Benin – 210
  • Botswana – 35
  • Burkina Faso – 845
  • Burundi – 42
  • Cameroon – 5,436
  • Cape Verde – 390
  • Central African Republic – 702
  • Chad – 715
  • Comoros – 87
  • Congo-Brazzaville – 571
  • DR Congo – 2,546
  • Djibouti – 2,697
  • Egypt – 19,666
  • Equatorial Guinea – 1,043
  • Eritrea – 39
  • Eswatini – 272
  • Ethiopia – 731
  • Gabon – 2,319
  • (The) Gambia – 25
  • Ghana – 7,303
  • Guinea – 3,275
  • Guinea-Bissau – 1,195
  • Ivory Coast – 2,556
  • Kenya – 1,471
  • Lesotho – 2
  • Liberia – 266
  • Libya – 99
  • Madagascar – 612
  • Malawi – 101
  • Mali – 1,166
  • Mauritania – 292
  • Mauritius – 334
  • Morocco – 7,601
  • Mozambique – 227
  • Namibia – 22
  • Niger – 952
  • Nigeria – 8,733
  • Rwanda – 346
  • Sao Tome and Principe – 443
  • Senegal – 3,523
  • Seychelles – 11
  • Sierra Leone – 782
  • Somalia – 1,731
  • South Africa – 25,937
  • South Sudan – 994
  • Sudan – 4,346
  • Tanzania – 509
  • Togo – 395
  • Tunisia – 1,051
  • Uganda – 281
  • Zambia – 1,057
  • Zimbabwe – 132

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