Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 1.66 million, death toll rises to 40,222
London, Oct. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,664,212 as of Wednesday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
The Africa CDC, a specialized healthcare agency of the African Union Commission, said in a statement that the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic reached 40,222 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Over 1.6 million confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 1.3 million recoveries & 40,000 deaths cumulatively.— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) October 21, 2020
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The Africa CDC said the number of people who have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,372,778 so far.
The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.
The Southern Africa region is the most COVID-19 affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.
meanwhile, South Africa faces a high risk of resurging coronavirus infections that may lead to a review by the council deciding on lockdowns after new cases rose by 42% in Western Cape province in the last two weeks, the health minister said on Wednesday.
Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the increase in infections and deaths “will inform the recommendations that the Health Department makes to the National Coronavirus Council”, the body that determines the different levels of lockdown restrictions.
“According to our resurgence plan, we define this significant spike in new cases in the Western Cape as a resurgence,” said Mkhize, adding that nationally infections in the last two weeks had risen 10.7%, which was also a “concerning trend”.
Mkhize said the cause of the spike in the Western Cape was a “super-spreader event” at a bar in southern Cape Town. The popular tourist city was originally the epicenter of South Africa’s first wave of infections.
Africa’s most advanced economy, which also has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the continent at more than 700,000 infections, eased lockdown restrictions to their lowest level in September as the rate of new cases fell.
It also opened its borders to international travelers at the beginning of October after a six-month ban, in what was one of the world’s strictest lockdowns that included restrictions on movement, economic activities and the sale of alcohol and tobacco.
The lockdown cost the country more than 2 million jobs in the second quarter, while the economy shrunk by its most on record.