Africa’s COVID-19 deaths near 30,000 mark

FILE PHOTO: A pharmacist doctor works on the basics of the raw materials for assessment of COVID-19 treatment drug “Remdesivir”, in Ibn Sina laboratory, at Eva Pharma Facility in Cairo, Egypt June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The number of confirmed COVID-19 fatalities in Africa is approaching the 30,000 mark as countries continue to report virus deaths.

According to the latest figures by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the continent had reported 29,087 deaths by Saturday, from a caseload of 1,228,971 infections.

Worth noting however, countries on the continent have seen a decline in new infections pointing to gains in the fight against the pandemic.

South Africa remains the worst affected country in Africa, having reported 620,132 confirmed cases and 13,743.

The figures represent 50.5 percent of the continent’s cases and 47.2 percent of its fatalities.

Globally, South Africa’s number of infections is the sixth-highest, only shadowed by the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and Peru.

Egypt is the second-worst hit country in Africa, having registered 98,285 cases and 5,362 deaths.

Other than South Africa and Egypt, only Morocco (58,489) and Nigeria (53,477) have recorded more than 50,000 COVID-19 infections.

Further on, eight countries have reported more than 30,000 cases, while seven countries have registered less than 1,000 infections so far.