Africa now has over 10,000 Coronavirus cases and 500 deaths from 52 out of 54 countries - WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa says there are now over 10,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, with over 500 deaths reported in 52 out of 54 African countries.
The organization gave the update via its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Wednesday, April 8.
“There are over 10,000 COVID-19 cases reported across 52 countries in Africa; initially, mainly confined to capital cities, a significant number of countries in Africa are now reporting cases in multiple provinces,’’ it stated.
South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon had continued to top the list of countries with the highest reported cases.
South Africa has 1,749 cases and 13 deaths followed by Algeria 1,468 cases with 194 deaths and Cameroon, 650 confirmed cases with nine deaths.
The country with the lowest confirmed case is South Sudan which has reported only one case.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, raised concerns over the high cases of the deadly virus reported on the continent.
Moeti, via her twitter account @MoetiTshidi, said COVID-19 cases in Africa had risen to more than 10,000.
She added: “Tackling this pandemic requires a decentralised response. Communities must be empowered and get the resources and expertise needed to tackle outbreaks locally.’’