Africa’s COVID-19 infections reach 1,420,629: Africa CDC

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Africa continues to see its COVID-19 caseload get bigger each day even though some countries on the continent have started to see their curves flatten.

According to data from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Africa had reported 1,420,629 infections by Wednesday with 34,327 deaths.

South Africa remains the worst affected country on the continent, having registered 663,282 cases and 16,118 deaths.

The figures represent 46.67 percent of the continent’s caseload and 46.95 percent of its fatalities.

Morocco has recorded the second highest national caseload, standing at 105,346 with 1,889 deaths. The North African country has seen a spike in daily new cases in recent weeks, surging on to surpass Egypt’s caseload, which for long was the second-highest.

Egypt has reported 102,254 confirmed infections and 5,806 deaths.

Other than the three, no other country in Africa has reported more than 100,000 COVID-19 infections.

In terms of deaths, Algeria (1,689), Ethiopia (1,127) and Nigeria (1,100) are the only other countries besides South Africa, Morocco and Egypt to have reported more than 1,000 COVID-19-related fatalities on the continent.

In better news, some countries including Kenya have started seeing a decline in their daily spikes.

On Wednesday, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health noted that the country had began flattening its curve.