Africa registers over 5M Covid cases accounting to 2.9pc globally – KBC

Africa registers over 5M Covid cases accounting to 2.9pc globally – KBC

Africa has registered over 5 million (5,108,890 ) Covid-19 cases accounting to 2.9pc of the cases reported globally.

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4.5 million people have recovered so far from the virus accounting for 89% of the total cases reported in Africa.

South Africa has reported the highest number of deaths caused by Covid-19 at 1,774,312, accounting for 35% of all cases reported in Africa.

According to a statement by African Union, the total deaths reported are 136,030, resulting in a cumulative case fatality rate (CFR), of 2.7%.

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This accounts for 3.6% of deaths reported globally.

The following five countries account for 62% of all cases reported in Africa.

South Africa: 35% of total cases (1,774,312)
Morocco: 10% of total cases (524,975)
Tunisia: 7% of total cases (374,312)
Egypt: 5% of total cases (275,010)
Ethiopia: 5% of total cases (274,601)

“21 countries are reporting a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) that is higher than the global average of 2.2%.” Read the statement.

“55% of Member States (30 countries) are now reporting the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant, originally reported in the UK,” read the statement.

Adding that: “Since the last briefing by AU, two additional Member States Djibouti and Somalia are now reporting this variant.”

Similarly, 29 countries are now reporting the Beta (B.1.351) variant, originally reported in South Africa with Djibouti also reporting this variant.

There are 13 countries which are now reporting the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, originally reported in India including Malawi.

A total of 2,359 new deaths were reported in Africa compared to 1,977 from the previous week, the number represents a 19% increase in new deaths from the previous week.

There has been an overall 22% average increase in new cases reported in Africa each week with an overall 7% average decrease in new deaths reported in the continent each week.

Tests

To date, over 50 million Covid-19 tests (50,560,523), have been conducted in African Union Member States since the pandemic started.

Last week, on Wednesday and Thursday (09th & 10th June), Africa CDC trained over
600 (637) healthcare workers in 40 AU Member States on “IPC considerations for
managing endemic disease outbreak” and on the “design of health facilities for
droplet and air-borne diseases”.

This week Africa CDC is training 30 Cameroonian clinicians on clinical care of COVID-
19 patients. The training is currently going on till Friday.

Vaccine

Last week, the Mastercard Foundation and the Africa CDC announced the launch of the USD 1.3 billion Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative that will acquire vaccines for at least 50 million people and enable the delivery of safe and efficacious vaccinations to millions more across the continent.

As of June 14th, 59.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been procured by 51 Member States.

Total vaccine doses administered are 42.1 million which corresponds to 70% of the total supply available in Africa.

0.79% of the population has been fully vaccinated on the continent, which is an increase of 31% compared to the previous week.

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