COVID-19 Cases in Africa Rise to over 16,800, Says  WHO

April 16, 2020
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By Cecilia Ologunagba

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa has risen to over 16,800.

The UN’s health agency gave the update on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Thursday.

“Number of COVID-19 cases on the African continent rise to over 16,800, with 3,271 recoveries and 896 deaths.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria, however, reports that the WHO figures may have been compiled on Wednesday and not latest from various countries on the continent as at Thursday.

The breakdown on the WHO African Region COVID-19 dashboard showed that South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon had continued to top the list of countries with the highest reported cases.

South Africa has 2,506 cases and 34 deaths followed by Algeria with 2,160 cases and 336 deaths, while Cameroon has 855 confirmed cases with 17 deaths.

According to WHO, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, Burundi and Mauritania still remain countries with lowest confirmed cases in the region.

South Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe were the lowest confirmed cases, which had four cases each with zero death.

Burundi was second country with lowest confirmed cases with five reported cases and zero death.

Mauritania in the third category with lowest cases as the country had recorded seven confirmed cases with one death.

The global body confirmed that COVID-19 cases had risen to 373 confirmed cases with 11 deaths in Nigeria.

However, giving an update on Thursday, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, confirmed that a total of 407 people have been confirmed to have COVID-19 in Nigeria, 99 patients have been discharged and 12 deaths  recorded.

 (NAN)

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