COVID-19 Cases in Africa Near 13,000 in 52 Countries

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By Adedapo Adeesanya

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa neared 13,000 on Saturday, the Africa Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has said.

The agency disclosed that as at Saturday, April 11 – 12,973 cases were confirmed across the continent with a total of 693 deaths on record and 2,064 recoveries.

Globally there are 1.7 million cases, with 103,790 deaths and 388,684 recoveries.

A further breakdown showed that out of the 54 countries in Africa, 52 countries have reported cases of the virus, while only two countries – Lesotho and Comoros have been spared for now.

Nigeria, as at Friday, April 10, crossed the 300 mark after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the country has 305 cases, seven deaths and 58 recoveries.

By Region, Northern Africa is the most infected cases. The region has also recorded the highest number deaths as well as recoveries. It was followed by West Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa, and Eastern Africa with the lowest cases.

By countries:

Algeria – 1,761

Angola – 19

Benin – 35

Botswana – 13

Burkina Faso – 448

Burundi – 3

Cameroon – 820

Cape Verde – 7

Central African Republic – 8

Chad – 11

Comoros – 0

Congo-Brazzaville – 60

DR Congo – 223

Djibouti – 150

Egypt – 1,794

Equatorial Guinea – 18

Eritrea – 34

Eswatini – 12

Ethiopia – 65

Gabon – 44

(The) Gambia – 4

Ghana – 378

Guinea – 212

Guinea-Bissau – 36

Ivory Coast – 480

Kenya – 189

Lesotho – 0

Liberia – 37

Libya – 24

Madagascar – 93

Malawi – 9

Mali – 87

Mauritania – 7

Mauritius – 318

Morocco – 1,448

Mozambique – 20

Namibia – 16

Niger – 438

Nigeria- 305

Rwanda – 118

Sao Tome and Principe – 4

Senegal – 265

Seychelles – 11

Sierra Leone – 8

Somalia – 21

South Africa – 2,003

South Sudan – 4

Sudan – 17

Tanzania – 32

Togo – 76

Tunisia – 671

Uganda – 53

Zambia – 40

Zimbabwe – 13

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