A new wave of infections has taken a toll in 52 African countries. The havoc continues to wreck socio-economic activities. Leading to governments declaring states of emergency and closing their borders.
According to the statistics across Africa, over 16000 people have tested positive for the virus. While they have also confirmed over 3201 recoveries and 900 deaths. However, out of the 54 African states, only two are coronavirus free. I.e. two African states, Lesotho and Comoros.
COVID-19 records as of April.
The situations seem to worsen as the new wave of infections keeps spreading. Daily, governments record new cases of COVID-19. Currently, 52 African states have fallen victims with only two, Comoros and Lesotho as exceptions. The total number of people confirmed positive for the virus in Africa is 16169. Consequently, they have recorded a total of 868 deaths and 3201 recoveries in the continent.
The African states deeply hit by the new wave of infection as of April.
According to records of data they obtained from John Hopkins Hospital and Africa Centre of Disease, the majority of the African states are affected by the disease. South Africa, Djibouti, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and Egypt some of the top African countries hit by the pandemic.
South Africa has confirmed a total of 2415 coronavirus cases,7 deaths, and 410 recoveries. This is despite President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstating several draconian measures amid the pandemic. He implemented lockdown to enhance the restriction of movements.
On 14th April, the statistics revealed Djibouti as the most hit coronavirus country in East Africa with a total of 363 cases. This was after it replaced Mauritius. They also recorded two death tolls and 53 recoveries. Other East African states have confirmed cases below 200 although the virus is still spreading.
On 10th April, Egypt, confirmed new corona cases hence declared the most hit North African state, with a total of 2350 corona cases.78 people have succumbed from the virus in the country while 589 recovered.
In Ivory Coast,574 people have tested positive for the virus,85 recovered and 5 have died. However, they have engaged in precautionary measures. For instance, a professional footballer, Drogba has offered his private hospital in Abidjan to act as a screening center.
Countries brace for measures to control the virus.
According to the World Health Organization, they have not yet discovered a suitable vaccine. As such they urge countries to try controlling the spread of the virus. They are endorsing different precautionary measures like wearing masks.
They are also urging countries to conduct mass screen tests and self-isolate. As such different states are emulating the precautions. They are implementing curfews and lockdown in an attempt to control the virus.
Countries like Italy have extended their lockdown. Some like Kenya the government has implemented a curfew and partial lockdown in some regions of the country. Many countries have banned social gatherings, there are no events, matches or concerts to attend. Even the premier league suspended all its games.
Countries have restricted travel. However, they are making arrangements to deport their stranded citizens.