Coronavirus: Africa Must “Wake Up,” and “Prepare for the Worst”

  • There are records of deaths by covid-19 in eight African countries so far.
  • The new coronavirus has so far infected more than 271,000 people worldwide, of which at least 11,401 have died.
  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Africa to "prepare for the worst."

Today saw the number of infections by the new coronavirus in Africa exceed by 1,000 in 40 countries across the continent, with records of 30 deaths, according to the latest statistics on the covid-19 pandemic. In total, 1,107 cases of infection have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. The very first case on the continent was reported on February 14, in Egypt.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

As per records by the Worldometer portal, there are records of deaths by covid-19 in eight African countries so far: Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Sudan, and Mauritius. The Worldometer portal compiles information in almost real-time from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, official country sources, scientific publications, and the media.

Algeria now counts 15 deaths and 139 cases of SARS-Cov-2 infections, being the African country with the highest number of fatalities caused by the covid-19 disease. At the same time, the country is also the one with the highest number of recoveries, 43, with 40 active cases now.

Egypt, which has the highest number of infections in Africa, 285, has recorded eight deaths, followed by Morocco, with three deaths in 86 cases, and Burkina Faso, also with three deaths in 64 cases. In the last few hours, more than a hundred new cases were announced in 14 countries, including Angola, which pointed out its first two cases, and Cape Verde, which now has three cases of virus infections.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition to the two countries, there were new cases in Zimbabwe, Togo, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Algeria, and South Africa. The majority were registered in South Africa, which recorded 38 new cases.

In addition to the countries already mentioned, there are cases of covid-19 in Senegal, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo, Namibia, Benin, Mauritania, Zambia, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea-Conakry, Niger, Somalia, and Essuatini. 

The new coronavirus has so far infected more than 271,000 people worldwide, of which at least 11,401 have died. After an outbreak in China in December, the epidemic has since spread to 164 countries and territories, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic. Several countries have adopted exceptional measures, including the quarantine regime and borders closure.

In the context of these measures, Egypt today banned the holding of religious demonstrations in the country. At the same time, Nigeria announced this Saturday the suspension, for a month, the closure of its airports to flights from abroad. At the level of policymakers, at least four Burkina Faso ministers were diagnosed with covid-19.

This week, WHO Director-General, Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that “the best advice for Africa is to prepare for the worst.” He added, “I think Africa should wake upMy continent should wake up.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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