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Fear As Coronavirus Cases In Africa Surpass 50,000, South Africa Tops List With 8,000 Cases

By Elite Reporter

Untold fear is mounting among several African countries after the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections rising to over 50,000 across the continent, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) expresses worry of community spread in West Africa.

As of now Africa has now reported more than 50,000 cases of Coronavirus across the continent, according to the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The continent has reported 51,698 cases and 2,012 deaths so far, while 17,590 have recovered from the illness.

According to sources, South Africa has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa, with 7,808 people infected. Egypt follows with 7,588, while Morocco has reported 5,408 cases and Algeria has 4,997, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, which is completely surrounded by South Africa, is the only African country that has not reported a single case of COVID-19.

But meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed 476 people in Algeria, 469 in Egypt, and 183 in Morocco.

However, the World Health Organization is worried by the community spread of the new Coronavirus in a significant number of West African countries, the regional head of the organisation said on Thursday.

Currently, over 3.766 million cases have been reported across the world, with the death toll nearing 264,000. More than 1.2 million people have recovered.

A number of countries have issued targeted lockdowns in some major cities, as well as dusk-to-dawn curfews and restrictions on travel, but have stopped short of nationwide lockdowns as in most European countries and South Africa.

Several African countries, including Uganda, have lifted the partial lockdown imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus, but the ban on gatherings is still in place.

While educational facilities remain closed in most African countries, a few businesses, like hardware stores and garages in Uganda have since been allowed to operate conditionally, although several other business ventures are still closed because of the lockdown.

Meanwhile, the confirmed cases in Uganda have since risen to 100 after the Ministry of Health registered two new infections on Wednesday.

This comes after the MoH tweeted  thus; “2 new COVID-19 case confirmed from 3,071 samples of truck drivers. The 2 new cases arrived from Kenya via Malaba; and are Eritrean and Kenyan nationalities. 438 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19. COVID-19 confirmed cases: 100.”

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