COVID-19 In Africa Stats

As Europe and North American countries go into self-imposed economic and social lockdown to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Africa remains the continent least affected by the virus. But there’s no room for complacency. “Africa should wake up, my continent should wake up,” World Health Organisation chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on March 19th, 2020.

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Africa on 14 February 2020. The first confirmed case on the continent was in Egypt, and the first confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa was in Nigeria. Most of the identified cases have arrived from Europe and the United States rather than from China.

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RegionConfirmedConfirmed (24h)DeathsDeaths (24h)Deaths (%)RecoveredRecovered (24h)Recovered (%)ActiveActive (%)
Algeria
118,37803,12602.6%82,493069.7%32,75927.7%
Angola
23,331055002.4%21,890093.8%8913.8%
Benin
7,51509301.2%6,452085.9%97012.9%
Botswana
42,674063601.5%38,203089.5%3,8359.0%
Burkina Faso
12,956015201.2%12,593097.2%2111.6%
Burundi
3,1190600.2%773024.8%2,34075.0%
Cameroon
61,731091901.5%56,926092.2%3,8866.3%
Cape Verde
18,629017701.0%17,077091.7%1,3757.4%
Central African Republic
5,49107401.4%5,056092.1%3616.6%
Comoros
3,789014603.9%3,577094.4%661.7%
Democratic Republic of the Congo
28,542074502.6%25,841090.5%1,9566.9%
Djibouti
9,72209401.0%7,763079.9%1,86519.2%
Egypt
209,677012,40505.9%159,054075.9%38,21818.2%
Equatorial Guinea
7,219010601.5%6,799094.2%3144.4%
Eritrea
3,44701000.3%3,166091.9%2717.9%
Ethiopia
227,25503,14601.4%169,038074.4%55,07124.2%
Gabon
20,636012700.6%17,456084.6%3,05314.8%
Gambia
5,602016803.0%5,145091.8%2895.2%
Ghana
91,260075400.8%89,092097.6%1,4141.6%
Guinea
20,807013300.6%18,473088.8%2,20110.6%
Guinea-Bissau
3,67806601.8%3,059083.2%55315.0%
Ivory Coast
45,089026000.6%44,197098.0%6321.4%
Kenya
145,18402,33001.6%98,605067.9%44,24930.5%
Lesotho
10,707031502.9%4,471041.8%5,92155.3%
Liberia
2,04208504.2%1,899093.0%582.8%
Libya
166,88802,80701.7%152,328091.3%11,7537.0%
Madagascar
27,548049301.8%23,481085.2%3,57413.0%
Malawi
33,80501,12703.3%31,360092.8%1,3183.9%
Mali
11,705040503.5%7,101060.7%4,19935.9%
Mauritania
18,012045002.5%17,322096.2%2401.3%
Mauritius
1,19001201.0%750063.0%42836.0%
Morocco
501,68808,89101.8%488,015097.3%4,7821.0%
Mozambique
68,578078901.2%58,383085.1%9,40613.7%
Namibia
45,323056401.2%43,555096.1%1,2042.7%
Niger
5,072018803.7%4,747093.6%1372.7%
Nigeria
163,73602,06001.3%154,098094.1%7,5784.6%
Republic of the Congo
10,084013701.4%8,208081.4%1,73917.3%
Réunion
17,508012300.7%16,011091.5%1,3747.9%
Rwanda
23,343031401.4%21,072090.3%1,9578.4%
São Tomé and Príncipe
2,26303501.6%2,179096.3%492.2%
Senegal
39,36401,07702.7%38,101096.8%1860.5%
Seychelles
4,39502400.6%4,091093.1%2806.4%
Sierra Leone
3,99507902.0%2,828070.8%1,08827.2%
Somalia
12,271060504.9%5,129041.8%6,53753.3%
South Africa
1,557,527053,25603.4%1,482,682095.2%21,5891.4%
South Sudan
10,359011401.1%10,090097.4%1551.5%
Sudan
30,11102,06306.9%24,214080.4%3,83412.7%
Swaziland
17,373066903.9%16,645095.8%590.3%
Tanzania
50902104.1%183036.0%30559.9%
Togo
11,947011601.0%9,190076.9%2,64122.1%
Tunisia
270,29709,23503.4%224,397083.0%36,66513.6%
Uganda
41,113033700.8%40,685099.0%910.2%
Western Sahara
1001010.0%8080.0%110.0%
Zambia
89,91801,22601.4%86,813096.6%1,8792.1%
Zimbabwe
37,27301,53804.1%34,862093.5%8732.3%
Chad
4,625016703.6%4,286092.7%1723.7%

COVID-19 Map In Africa

Experts have worried about COVID-19 spreading to Africa, because many of the healthcare systems on the continent are inadequate, having problems such as lack of equipment, lack of funding, insufficient training of healthcare workers, and inefficient data transmission. It was feared that the pandemic could be difficult to keep under control in Africa, and could cause huge economic problems if it spread widely.

Matshidiso Moeti of the World Health Organization said that hand washing and physical distancing could be challenging in some places in Africa. Lockdowns may not be possible, and challenges may be exacerbated by the prevalence of diseases such as malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, and cholera.

The World Health Organization helped many countries on the continent set up laboratories for COVID-19 testing. Many preventive measures have been implemented in different countries in Africa, including travel restrictions, flight cancellations, event cancellations, school closures, and border closures. Experts say that experience battling Ebola helped some countries prepare for COVID-19.