The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 1.18 million coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have recovered from the disease.
The Centre adds that the death toll from the virus has reached 35,007 and more than 1.43 million people have so far contracted the virus, with the Southern Africa region being the most affected with 727,500 cases. North Africa recorded 314,100 cases, West Africa 173,900, East Africa 164,200 and Central Africa 57,400.
At least 640,500 patients have recovered in Southern Africa, 246,900 in North Africa, 154,500 in West Africa, 92,700 in East Africa and 50,000 in Central Africa.
COVID-19 transmission in Africa has been marked by relatively fewer infections, which have been on the decline over the past two months, owing to a variety of socio-ecological factors as well as early and strong public health measures taken by governments across the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa office stated on Thursday.
“Africa has not witnessed an exponential spread of COVID-19 as many initially feared,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO director for Africa, “but the slower spread of infection in the region means we expect the pandemic to continue to smoulder for some time, with occasional flare-ups.”
“The downward trend that we have seen in Africa over the past two months is undoubtedly a positive development and speaks to the robust and decisive public health measures taken by governments across the region.
Dr Moeti advises that we must not become complacent since other regions of the world have experienced similar trends only to find that as social and public health measures are relaxed, cases start ramping up again.
The pandemic has recently been in a younger age group and has been more pronounced in Western and European countries, suggesting country-specific aspects are driving the pattern of disease and death.
About 91% of COVID-19 infection in sub-Saharan Africa are among people below 60 years, and over 80% of cases are asymptomatic, according to WHO.
WHO says a mix of socio-ecological factors such as low population density and mobility, hot and humid climate are likely contributing to the low cases seen in Africa when compared to the horrendous numbers recorded in the West and across Europe.
South Africa’s Health Minister Contracts COVID-19
South Africa’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement from his office late on Sunday said the minister has gone into isolation.
“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.
The health minister was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa’s worst affected country hit the 700, 00 mark on Friday since the first case was diagnosed in March this year.
According to the latest government data on Monday, South Africa has registered a total of 703,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,471 deaths.
Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 1.63m
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,636,748 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of African Union Commission, said in a statement that the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic reached 39,559 as of Sunday afternoon.
According to the Africa CDC, the number of people that have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,347,199.
The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.
The Southern Africa region is the most affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.
According to the Africa CDC, the Northern Africa region is the second most affected African region.
South Africa Records 2,019 New COVID-19 Cases, 61 Deaths
South Africa recorded 2,019 new coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, the country’s minister of health has announced.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize also announced 61 more Covid-19 related deaths, adding that nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.
The recent deaths bring the number of deceased due to the virus to 18,370 and infections to over 700,203.
The number of recoveries in the country stands at 629,260 which accounts for nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.
South Africa has 11th most Covid-19 infections in the world, with the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and France having the most cases in the world.
The USA has over 8 million cases, the most in the world.
In South Africa, new infections are slowing in the country, but Mkhize has again warned about the dangers of a second wave on Monday and urged people to continue social distancing and wearing masks.
He said on Monday that the second wave would arrive if people were complacent and did not wear masks and practice social distancing.
The Department of Health said it had now tested over 4.4 million people in the private and public sector, with almost 24 000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
South Africa’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 18 370.
The Gauteng province has the most deaths, with 4601, followed by the Western Cape, with 4280, Eastern Cape with 3411 and KZN, with 3122, have the most fatalities in the country.
Of the latest 61 deaths, Mkhize said the majority of the deceased came from the Free State.
“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” said Mkhize.
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