Africa’s COVID-19 numbers continue to rise

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A healthcare worker wearing protective gear talks on a mobile phone at a testing center for the COVID-19 of the Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF), in Dakar, Senegal July 24, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Africa continues to see a rise in the number of COVID-19 infections as countries on the continent report steady rises in confirmed cases.

The latest data from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention shows that by Friday evening, the continent had registered 1,084,687 cases and 24,660 deaths.

South Africa remains the worst-hit country on the continent, having recorded 572,865 confirmed cases and 11,270 fatalities.

Globally, the number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa are only shadowed by figures posted by the United States, Brazil, India and Russia.

The country has registered 52.6 percent of Africa’s total cases and 45.5 percent of its fatalities.

The second-worst-affected country on the continent is Egypt, which has reported 96,108 confirmed cases and 5,107 deaths.

Other than the two countries, only Nigeria (48,116) and Ghana (41,847) have recorded more than 40,000 infections on the continent.

Further on, eight countries have reported more than 20,000 COVID-19 cases.

Globally, Africa’s number of infections represent 5.2 percent of the total infections reported worldwide while its deaths represent 3.2 percent of the total fatalities.

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