Africa’s COVID-19 infections surpass 927,000

Funeral workers wearing personal protective equipment sanitise each other after a burial amid a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, at the Olifantsvlei cemetery, south-west of Joburg, South Africa July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

The number of COVID-19 infections in Africa has surpassed the 927,000 mark as the continent continues to see a steady surge in daily new infections.

According to data from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the continent had registered 927,661 cases and 19,650 deaths as of Saturday evening.

South Africa remains the worst affected country by the pandemic in Africa, having recorded more than half the continent’s case load.

The country has reported 493,183 infections and 8,005 deaths, according to the South African Department of Health. The death toll is also far more than any other death figures reported by any other African country.

Egypt, the second-worst affected country, has registered 94,078 cases and 4,805 deaths.

Other than the two countries, only Algeria (1,210) has reported more than 1,000 COVID-19-related deaths in Africa.

Including South Africa and Egypt, only 13 African countries have reported more than 10,000 COVID-19 infections.