According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, Africa has recorded 17 deaths from the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in the past 24 hours, PremiumTimes i
According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, Africa has recorded 17 deaths from the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in the past 24 hours, PremiumTimes is reporting.
While Africa was among the last continent to report cases of the virus, cases are beginning to spread throughout the continent as 33 countries have reported at least a case of the disease. The UN health agency said so far, there has been 633 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 33 African countries leading to 17 deaths.
Cases in Africa have remained low compared to other continents. Egypt still tops the chart of countries with the most cases in Africa with 210 cases. This is followed by South Africa with 116 and Algeria with 75 confirmed cases. In Nigeria, the number of confirmed cases has increased to eight.
However, more cases might be expected from the country as contact tracing has been intensified to get the people who have been in contact with the confirmed cases.
As African countries are bracing up to tackle the rising cases, WHO said it is supporting countries with surveillance, diagnostics and treatment.
Meanwhile in the past 24 hours, the Gambia, Mauritius and Zambia have announced first case while cases have slowed down in China where the virus originated from as the country records lower index cases. But it still tops the chart of countries with the most infected cases and deaths globally with over 80,500 infected people and over 3,000 deaths.
This is followed closely with Italy which has so far reported over 35,000 cases and 2, 978 deaths. As at Thursday, a total of 219,385 confirmed cases have been reported in 176 countries with 85,749 deaths globally.
Luckily, despite the deaths, people have been recovering from the virus. Over 85,000 people have been treated, recovered and discharged from the hospital which means that the pandemic can still be controlled if governments show more dedication.