//Coronavirus in Africa – Current Case Count Passes 700,000; Deaths near 15,000

Coronavirus in Africa – Current Case Count Passes 700,000; Deaths near 15,000

Africa’s case load has crossed the 700,000 mark as of today. Half of the cases are recorded in South Africa where there are over 350,000 confirmed cases.

As of last friday (July 17), the WHO Africa region reported that there had been a 27% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in region.

10 countries account for 88% (440,672) of all reported #COVID19 cases in the African Region: South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia & DRC, a WHO Africa situation report noted.

Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugees & around 19 M internally displaced people. It is in the interest of peace, international security & equity that all countries & partners do more to help these vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Major African stats: July 19 at 9:00 GMT:

  • Confirmed cases = 702,663
  • Active cases = 320,055
  • Recoveries = 367,652
  • Number of deaths = 14,956

The five most impacted countries are as follows:

  • South Africa = 350,879
  • Egypt = 87,172
  • Nigeria = 36,107
  • Ghana = 27,060
  • Algeria = 22,549
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