The global number of COVID-19 cases has risen to about 16 million in over 200 countries and territories, and more than 650,000 deaths.
The Director, Africa CDC, Dr. John Nkengasong, stated at the Africa CDC Weekly Press Briefing on COVID-19.
Dr. Nkengasong said 55 Africa Member States have reported 891,199 cases and 18,884 deaths, giving a case fatality rate of 2.1%.
“So far 10 Africa countries are reporting case fatality rates comparable to or higher than the global case fatality rate of 4%.”
“Chad (8.1%), Sudan (6.3%), Liberia (6.1%)Niger (6.1%), Sao Tome and Principe (5.6%).”
“Others are Egypt (5.0%), Burkina Faso (4.7%) ,Angola (4.5%), Algeria (4.2%) and Tanzania (4.1%).”
According to him “There have been 540,872 recoveries, In the past week, there was a 15% increase in cases, with 118,868 new cases reported, an average of 16,981 new cases reported per day.”
The Director, Africa CDC who observed that the average daily new cases for previous week was 17,587, said of the total number of cases, 48% (288,544) are male and 52% (312,878) female.”
“Until date 48 Member States have reported 12,464 cases among healthcare workers, which accounts for about 1.4% of all cases in the continent .”
“Five countries accounting for 75% of all cases in Africa, they are South Africa (53.0%) ,Egypt (10.5%) , Nigeria (4.7%) ,Ghana (4.0%) and Algeria (3.2%).”
He said countries reporting the highest number of cases per 1,000,000 population are South Africa (8,108), Djibouti (5,081),
Sao Tome and Principe (4,340), Cabo Verde (3,955) and Gabon (3,501)
“8.3 million tests reported by Member States ,This is a 14.1% increase over figures for last week.”
Dr. John Nkengasong said the organisation was working with member States to strengthen testing for border surveillance as airports prepare to re-open.
“Africa CDC has trained over 8000 clinicians on various aspects of clinical management of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.”
On his part, the Director General, Nigeria CDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who gave an overview of Nigeria’s response to the pandemic, commended Africa CDC for the strong coordination in the region.
“Our strategic goal is to maintain a laser-sharp focus on the current response to #COVID19 while building our response architecture for the future”