Pandemic is reaching maximum speed in Africa

The director of the African Union’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, says the pandemic is reaching maximum speed in Africa, calling for widespread use of masks.

The death toll in Africa due to the covid-19 rose this Thursday to 12206, another 251 in the last 24 hours, in about 522 thousand cases, according to the most recent data on the continent’s pandemic.

According to the African Union’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the number of infected people has risen to 522,104, more than 14018 in the last 24 hours, while the number of recoveries is 254,361, plus 9293.

Southern Africa has the highest number of cases (233,016) and accounts for 3724 deaths, the vast majority concentrated in South Africa, the country with the most deaths and the most infected across the continent, with 224,665 cases and 3602 fatalities.

“We have crossed the critical number of 500,000 cases. The pandemic is reaching maximum speed and, therefore, I would like to appeal to the continent: we must be courageous, bold and deliberate in the implementation of public health measures in general” , said John Nkengasong.

The director of Africa CDC, who was speaking this Thursday, from Addis Ababa, at the weekly meeting with journalists, called for the widespread use of masks.

“We have to increase the use of masks in all countries. Mask, mask, mask,” he said in an analogy with the World Health Organization’s recommendation to “test, test, test”.

The African official also underlined the importance of countries continuing to expand their capacity to test the population and the need to involve populations in the fight against the coronavirus.

“Since last week, there has been an increase of 24% in new cases, which means about 100 thousand new cases and an average of 14 thousand cases per day compared to the daily average of 11 thousand cases last week,” he said. the lethality rate is 2.3%.

South Africa (42%), Egypt (15%), Nigeria (6%), Ghana (4%) and Algeria (3%) are responsible for 71% of all cases recorded in Africa.

According to Africa CDC, 5.7 million tests were carried out on the continent, 8.6% of which were positive.

About 80% of the tests were carried out in only 11 countries: South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Nigeria and Senegal.

The director of Africa CDC said that, through the African Union’s online shopping platform, 1.4 million tests were purchased, to which should be added 1.3 million donated by the German Government.

“There will be 2.7 million tests and with their distribution we will come very close to the goal of extending the testing to 10 million that we established in April,” he said.

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