African Coronavirus Watch: No respite as Egypt, South Africa hit 78,585 cases, 2,150 deaths
London, June 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-There appears to be no respite for Egypt and South Africa in cases of new coronavirus infection as the two countries appear to be the epic centre of the virus in Africa
The two countries have about fifty percent of the entire covid-19 cases in Africa
Of the 176,807 confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Africa as at Saturday, Egypt and South Africa are jointly responsible for 78, 585 while the two recorded 2,150 of the 4902 Covid-19-related deaths recorded for the entire continent according to the latest figure from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
#COVID19: update in Africa (As of 6 June 2020, 9 am East Africa Time)— Africa CDC (@AfricaCDC) June 6, 2020
54 African Union Member States reporting 176,807 cases, 4,902 deaths, and 78,267 recoveries.
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The two countries have have not done too badly in the number of those who survived the deadly virus with a joint recovery record of 32, 796
On Saturday alone, Egypt’ 1,497 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 32,612 since the detection of the first case on 14 February.
A statement from the Ministry of Health added that the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the North African country has now reached 1,198 nationwide, after announcing new 32 deaths .
@AfricaCDC #PACT gets a boost as @inrb_kinshasa trains 100 laboratory experts to use rapid screening tests and GeneXpert for #COVID19 tests & increase access to testing in the #DRCongo pic.twitter.com/ftDEUPptXF— Africa CDC (@AfricaCDC) June 6, 2020
The statement also said that 380 patients have fully recovered and left isolation hospitals on Saturday, which brings the total number of recoveries from the virus so far to 8,538 cases.
The number of people whose test results have turned from positive to negative, including the full recoveries, has now reached 9,603.
On the other hand, South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases rose on Saturday to 45 973, with 44 more deaths reported over the past 24 hours, according to the latest statistics released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize
This represents an increase of 2 539 cases in the past 24 hours.
The national death toll stands at 952.
Of the deaths reported over the past 24 hours, 25 came from the Western Cape, 6 from KwaZulu-Natal, 7 from Gauteng and 6 from the Eastern Cape.
“Although the numbers of Covid-19 related deaths are rising, our mortality rate remains at 2%, well below the global average of 6%,” Mkhize said.
The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the coronavirus in the country with 30 379 confirmed cases, representing 66.1% of the national case load.