Africa’s COVID-19 case load continues to balloon amid reopening

FILE PHOTO: Women wear face masks at Dutse Alhaji market, as authorities race to contain the COVID-19 in Abuja, Nigeria May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo

The number of COVID-19 infections in Africa continue to rise even as states continue to embark on gradually reopening their economies after months-long shutdowns.

According to the latest data from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the continent had reported 1,047,218 confirmed cases and 23,253 deaths by Monday.

South Africa remains the worst-hit country in Africa, having registered 559,859 cases and 10,408 fatalities.

The figures represent 53.5 percent of Africa’s confirmed infections and 44.8 percent of its deaths.

Egypt is the second worst-hit country on the continent, having recorded 95,492 infections and 5,009 deaths.

Besides South Africa and Egypt, only two other countries, Nigeria (46,577) and Ghana (41,003), have reported over 40,000 COVID-19 cases.

In terms of fatalities, Algeria (1,302) is the only other country besides South Africa and Egypt to record over 1,000 deaths.

On the brighter side however, the data from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the continent has reported 733,375 recoveries so far, representing a recovery rate of over 70 percent.

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