Tracking Africa’s coronavirus cases

Less than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak appears to have reached almost every nation on the continent.

Of Africa’s 54 countries, only five have yet to report a case of the virus, which has killed more than 42,000 people worldwide while infecting at least 860,000 people.
As of Wednesday, Comoros, Lesotho, Sao Tome and Principe, Malawi and South Sudan have yet to confirm a case of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.

More than 200 people on the world’s second-most populous continent have died from the virus, including the former president of the Republic of Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango, and Somalia’s former prime minister Nur Hassan Hussein.

At least 5,820 people have been infected with 441 recovered from the virus.

Experts warned the healthcare systems that many nations on the continent could be overwhelmed if the outbreak is not quickly addressed.

Last month, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), called on African leaders to take seriously the threat from the virus.

“Africa should wake up, my continent should wake up,” the Ethiopian, WHO’s first African head, said.

Countries are rushing to stem the spread of the disease. According to WHO, only two countries could carry out COVID-19 tests at the beginning of the outbreak. Six weeks later, 47 countries can perform the test.

Most nations have shut their borders, closed schools, and banned public gatherings to combat the virus.

To help the continent cope with the pandemic, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, called on G20 countries to extend Africa a $150bn aid package.

Below is an infogram tracking the latest coronavirus cases on the continent.

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