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COVID-19 cases in Africa, now over 10,000 – WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa says there are so far 10,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) with over 500 deaths reported in 52 out of 54 Africa countries.

According to report credited to UN’s health agency’s updatedofficial twitter account @WHOAFRO on Wednesday, “There are over 10,000 COVID-19 cases reported across 52 countries in Africa; initially, mainly confined to capital cities, a significant number of countries in Africa are now reporting cases in multiple provinces,’’ it stated.

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

South Africa has 1,749 cases and 13 deaths followed by Algeria 1,468 cases with 194 deaths and Cameroon, 650 confirmed cases with nine deaths.

Further report shows that South Sudan posts the lowest confirmed cases withonly one case reported so far.

South Sudan is followed by Burundi, in the list of lowest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa, posting only three confirmed cases.

Two countries, Gambia and Sao Tome have confirmed four cases each, making them third in the category of countries with lowest cases.

Meanwhile, Gambia has recorded its first death from COVID-19.

Also, the dashboard showed that COVID-19 cases had risen to 254 in the past 24 hours from 238 confirmed cases with six deaths in Nigeria.

However, DrMatshidisoMoeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, raised concerns over the high cases of the virus reported on the continent.

Moeti in her twitter account @MoetiTshidi, said COVID-19 cases in Africa had risen to more than 10,000.

“Tackling this pandemic requires a decentralised response. Communities must be empowered and get the resources and expertise needed to tackle outbreaks locally.’’

She gave the breakdown of the figures to over 10,000 cumulative confirmed cases reported, over 500 deaths and over 900 recoveries.

“South Africa is the most affected with over 1,600 cases reported,’’   Moeti said.

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