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Rising African COVID-19 cases worry WHO

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World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concerns over continuing rising of COVID-19 infections in African countries.

  WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo said the number of coronavirus cases in Africa has risen to over 49,000 in the past 24 hours. This marks about 42 percent increase or (13,845 cases).

According to a statement by Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on its official Twitter handle yesterday, there are now 47,118 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 53 countries across Africa.

  “As of 9 am EAT 05 May 2020, a total of 47,118 COVID-19 cases and 1,843 (CFR: 4 percent ) deaths have been reported in 53 African countries. Since the last brief, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 42 percent (13,845 cases). There is a 19 percent increase in cases reported between 28 April – 5 May 2020 compared to a 24 percent increase in cases reported between 21-28 April 2020,” the tweet read.

  It further states that COVID-19 has killed over 1,900 people on the continent, while more than 16, 000 patients have recovered.

  “Over 49,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 16,000 associated recoveries & 1,900 deaths,” it said.

  The WHO African Region COVID-19 dashboard showed that South Africa is the highest in Africa with 7,572 cases and 148 deaths, followed by Egypt with 7201 cases and 452 deaths; Morocco has 5153 cases and 180 deaths, while Algeria has 4838 cases and 470 deaths.

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