Coronavirus: Over 2.9 million recoveries recorded in Africa

A health worker collects blood sample for COVID-19 antibody test in Maputo, Mozambique on Aug. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Israel Zefanias)

According to the latest data from Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention-Africa CDC, as of Thursday, there were 2,977,335 people who had recovered from the coronavirus disease on the African Continent.

A health worker collects a blood sample for the COVID-19 antibody test in Maputo, Mozambique on Aug. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Israel Zefanias)

Additionally, Africa-CDC said that up until now 87,937 people have died as a consequence of the pandemic that began in December 2019. This even as 3,494,117 cases have so far been reported across the continent.

Meanwhile, the Rockefeller Foundation has announced a new grant of US$12 million to the Africa Public Health Foundation to help expand the geographic coverage of testing and to strengthen contact tracing for COVID-19 in Africa through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

“Equitable access to testing and tracking is essential to rapidly identify and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks until a vaccine is widely available to all,” said Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, too many people still do not have access to the tools that they need to keep themselves, their families, and their communities healthy and safe. We’re pleased to work with the Africa Public Health Foundation and Africa CDC to catalyze a more efficient and inclusive response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic across the continent.”

This funding will support a broader effort to accelerate equitable access to testing technologies, increase testing of asymptomatic persons, and reducing community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the sub-Saharan Africa region.

Testing and tracing remain two of the strongest public health interventions for containing COVID-19 on this continent of about 1.3 billion people.

(With input from Africa CDC)