Africa’s COVID-19 deaths surpass 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 COVID-19-related deaths in Africa has surpassed the 30,000 mark as the pandemic continues to hit the continent.

According to the latest figures from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the continent has now registered 30,075 fatalities, with a caseload of 1,259,547.

Africa’s brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been as harsh as those experienced in other regions, including the Americas, Asia and Europe, but it continues to see a steady rise in infections.

The worst affected country on the continent remains to be South Africa, which has recorded 628,259 infections and 14,263 deaths.

The figures represent 49.9 percent of the continent’s caseload and 47.4 percent of its fatalities.

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

Egypt has posted the second highest number of COVID-19 infections in Africa, at 99,115 with 5,440 deaths.

Other than South Africa and Egypt, only Morocco (63,781), Nigeria (54,247) and Ethiopia (53,304) have registered more than 50,000 infections.

Further on, eight African countries have reported more than 30,000 cases.

In better news, the continent has reported 1,001,156 successful recoveries.