Africa passes 3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Africa passed the milestone of three million confirmed cases COVID-19 Sunday, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The WHO said at the end of December that South Africa accounted for more than 70% of new weekly cases in its Africa region (this excludes Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti or Somalia.)

South Africa accounts for more than 30 per cent of the continent’s total with more than 1.2 million reported cases, including 32,824 deaths. The high proportion of cases in South Africa could be because the country carries out more tests than many other African countries.

With some countries across Africa continuing to see increases in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, there’s also concern about a new, more contagious variant of coronavirus in South Africa and spreading more quickly.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on African nations to boost their surveillance of the virus to detect any mutations that may occur. Many hospitals are reaching capacity, yet the numbers of those infected are expected to continue rising, according to health experts.

According to Johns Hopkins University, daily new cases in South Africa have risen over the past two weeks from about 20 new cases per 100,000 people on Dec. 26 to about 30 new cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 9.

At the end of December, South Africa became the first country in Africa to record more than a million Covid cases.

The authorities have announced new restrictions, and closed land borders to most travellers until mid-February.

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will meet with his Cabinet this week to consider if further restrictions should be taken to slow the spread of the disease, while balancing the need to encourage economic growth.

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5 Comments

  1. Free up Africa
    January 13, 2021

    DNO I can’t see why that is so significant, is it because its Africa? America have over 23 million, India have over 10 million, Brazil have over 8 million, England have over 3 million, France have 2.8 million. No one is highlighting those figures now nor did they do it when these countries reached 3 million . Africa just reach 3 million it becomes news around the world. Free up Africa.

  2. Dominican Bwoi
    January 13, 2021

    “The WHO said at the end of December that South Africa accounted for more than 70% of new weekly cases in its Africa region (this excludes Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti or Somalia.)”

    – South Africa is in Southern Africa

    – Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt & Sudan are in North/North East Africa

    – Djibouti & Somalia are in the Horn of Africa (east Africa)

    What was the point of saying “IN ITS AFRICAN REGION”, and then “exclude” a whole bunch of countries that’s not even in the same region as South Africa anyway? You then go on to talk about Africa the continent as a whole. That makes this whole article confusing to read because you’re talking about to completely different things. It’s like talking about the OECS and saying “excluding Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic etc”(which are NOT even in the eastern Caribbean region)…and then going on to talk about the WHOLE Caribbean anyway. What does that even mean??

  3. Fact Check
    January 13, 2021

    Correct me if I’m wrong but given those numbers that’s a 0.024% death rate? So the 99% survival rate is true?

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    • Dominican Bwoi
      January 13, 2021

      Yes, people are acting scared over nothing. Ignore the mask & vaccine nonsense, it’s nothing but propaganda

    • Waiting For Airport
      January 14, 2021

      At least some people using their common sense… 99% survival rate, literally harmless, jus propaganda to force this new reality on the world

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