Africa Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC is to launch the Regional Expert Advisory Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 response.
54 Africa Member States have reported 644,205 cases and 14,044 deaths, giving a case fatality rate of 2.2%.
In the past week there has been a 23% increase in COVID-19 cases, with 119,546 new cases reported, an average of 17,078 new cases reported per day. (Average daily new cases for previous week was 14,975).
The Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Dr John Nkengasong stated this at a visual Weekly Press Briefing on COVID-19.
Dr Nkengasong observed that currently 5 Africa countries accounted for 73% of all cases.
“South Africa: 311,049 (48%), Egypt: 83,930 (13%), Nigeria: 34,259 (5%), Ghana 25,430 (4%), Algeria: 20,216 (3%)”
“Countries reporting the highest number of cases per 1,000,000 population are South Africa (5,353), Djibouti (4,985), Sao Tome and Principe (3,660), Cabo Verde (3,660) and Gabon (2,914).”
According to him, “10 countries are reporting case fatality rates comparable to or higher than the global case fatality rate of 4.4%.
‘They are Chad (8.5%), Sudan (6.3%), Niger (6.3%), Liberia (6.3%), Burkina Faso (5.1%), Algeria (5%), Mali (5%), Egypt (4.8%), Gambia (4.7%), Angola (4.7%).”
The Director said as of 15 July, some 6.5 million tests had been reported across Africa, an 11% increase over the previous week.
“This takes us closer to the PACT target of 10 million tests in 4 months,10 countries contributed 80.4% of these tests – South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Nigeria.”
Also speaking,the Interim Director, NICD, South Africa,Professor Lynn Morris,called for more African countries to join South Africa to conduct COVID-19 vaccine trials.