Coronavirus: Death Toll Reaches 134, More than 4,000 Cases, in Africa

  • South Africa is the most-affected country, but North Africa is the most-affected region.
  • Of the Portuguese-speaking countries, only São Tomé and Príncipe has no confirmed cases.
  • Owing to the outbreak, Several countries have since adopted exceptional measures to curb the spread of the disease.

The number of deaths in Africa from covid-19 infection has risen from 117 to 134 in the last 24 hours, with the number of infections cases rising from 3,924 to 4,282, as per the latest statistics. In total, 46 African Union countries have registered at least one cases of coronavirus. Of these, 19 have recorded at least one death from COVID-19.

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.

According to data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the African Union (Africa CDC), central Africa has so far recorded 214 cases, with nine deaths and six recoveries, while the continent’s East Africa region has recorded 324 cases, four deaths, and six recoveries. In North Africa, where most of the cases are concentrated, the Africa CDC updated the numbers, now registering 1,716 cases, increasing the number of deaths from 85 to 98, and also the number of recovered, from 205 to 211.

In southern Africa, there are 1,230 cases of infections, two dead, and 31 people have recovered. The entire West Africa region, on its part, has so far recorded an increase in infections from 691 to 798 cases, resulting in 21 deaths and 48 recoveries. In Portuguese-speaking countries, Angola appears with three confirmed cases of infection, with the new coronavirus, and Cape Verde registers five cases and one death. Mozambique confirmed eight, and Guinea-Bissau two.

In Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, the authorities confirmed 13 positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus. Of the Portuguese-speaking countries, only São Tomé and Príncipe has no confirmed cases.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Owing to the outbreak, Several countries have since adopted exceptional measures to curb the spread of the disease, including a quarantine regime and border closures. In South Africa, one of the most affected countries on the continent, for instance, a nationwide lockdown was introduced on March 26, and it is set to last until April 16th as a measure for the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus. 

“From midnight on Thursday, March 26, to midnight on Thursday, April 16, all South Africans must stay at home,” ordered President Cyril Ramaphosa. Citizens are, however, still allowed to buy food or leave their home for medical appointments. The South African government also decided that virtually all stores should be closed, except for pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, petrol stations, and some institutions.

International travellers who arrive in the country from risk countries since March 9th are required to be quarantined at their hotel for a fortnight. The army is deployed to support the police in the exercise. South Africa is Africa’s most affected country, with over 1,000 cases of infection so far.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid -19 pandemic, has already infected more than 710,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 33,000 have died. Of the cases of infection, more than 150,000 people have recovered. After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization ( WHO ) to declare a pandemic situation.

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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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