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COVID-19: Egypt overtakes S’Africa in African casualties

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AFRICA Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has said that there are now 18,333 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 52 countries across Africa.

Africa CDC stated this in a tweet on its official Twitter handle today.

According to it, COVID-19 has killed 961 people in Africa, while a total of 4,352 patients have recovered from the deadly disease across the continent.

Egypt is now the highest country in Africa with 2,673 cases and 196 deaths, followed by South Africa with 2,60 605 cases and 48 deaths, and Morocco with 2,283 cases and 130 deaths, while Algeria follows with 2,268 cases and 348 deaths.

 “52@_AfricanUnion Member States reporting 18,333 cases, 961 deaths, and 4,352 recoveries,” the health agency tweeted.

  However, one-time Minister of Education in Nigeria, Oby Ezekwesili, has told China to pay repatriation to African countries over the coronavirus pandemic.

Ezekwesili stated this in a chat with world media yesterday.

  According to her, China must pay for failing to manage COVID-19 and in doing so severely injured Africa’s development prospects and worsened the conditions of the poor.

“It is time to make offending rich countries pay the poor ones a global risk burden tax for delaying their rise out of poverty. China should immediately announce a complete write-off of the more than $140 billion that its government, banks, and contractors extended to countries in Africa between 2000 and 2017. This would provide partial compensation to African countries for the impact of coronavirus on economies in Africa.

The best solution is for China to accord damages and liability compensation to Africa, because Africa’s economic gains since the last global crisis have been erode. The economic shock caused by the Coronavirus has hindered the opportunity Africa had to lift hundreds of millions out of poverty. The African Union Commission estimates that Africa’s gross domestic product will shrink by as much as 4.5 percent, resulting in 20 million job losses.

This has dangerously hampered the possibility that Africa can generate jobs for young people and women, or reducing the number of out-of-school children with access to quality learning opportunities. Economies in Asia, Europe have announced hefty emergency stimulus packages for their people and businesses, countries while most of African countries struggle to meet short-term food needs.

 China should demonstrate world leadership by acknowledging its failure to be transparent on COVID-19. China and the rest of the Group of 20 countries should engage with the Africa Union and countries to design a reparations’ mechanism. It is time for rich economies to show that our world is capable of doing right by the poor and vulnerable. China must pay,” Ezekwesili said.

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