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The 10 countries that account for 84% of Covid-19 cases in Africa

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According to the World Health Organization, Africa has reported at least 416,063 confirmed coronavirus cases as at July 2, 2020.

The continent has so far also confirmed at least 10,297 deaths, while 196,944 patients have recovered.

WHO said there has been a 28% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID19 in the African Region as well in the past week

But ten countries account for 84 percent of the confirmed cases on the continent. The Africa regional unit of the WHO said named these countries on Thursday.

The countries are South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Kenya & Ethiopia.

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In its report the WHO said “The COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve in the WHO African Region, with the numbers of new cases and deaths rapidly increasing.

The pandemic in the region is mainly driven by South Africa, although four other countries (Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana and Cameroon) are also reporting larger number of cases. These five countries account for 72% of all cases and 74% of all deaths.”

It added that “countries must continue with strong implementation of comprehensive public health measures in order to slow down this rapid growth in cases.”

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Egypt and Morocco who also have high number of infections were however not added to this list.

They were classified as countries in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region.

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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