Less than two months after Egypt became the primary country in Africa to substantiate a coronavirus case, the outbreak appears to own reached almost every nation on the continent of 1.2 billion people.
Of Africa’s 54 countries, only five have yet to report a case of the virus: Comoros, Lesotho, national capital and Principe, Malawi and South Sudan.
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More than 200 people on the world’s second-most populous continent have died from the virus, including the previous president of the Republic of the Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango, and Somalia’s former prime minister Nur Hassan Hussein. At least 5,820 people are infected with 441 recovered from the virus.
Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many African might be overwhelmed within the face of a severe outbreak of COVID-19, the highly infectious disease caused by the coronavirus.
In March, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the globe Health Organization (WHO), called on African leaders to require seriously the threat from the virus.
“Africa should get up, my continent should get up,” the Ethiopian, the WHO’s first African head, said.
Countries are rushing to stem the spread of the disease. in step with WHO, only two countries could do COVID-19 tests at the start of the outbreak. Six weeks later, 47 countries can perform the test.
Most nations have shut their borders, closed schools and banned public gatherings to combat the virus.
To help the continent address the pandemic, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, called on G20 countries to increase Africa a $150bn aid package.
Below is an interactive map tracking all the coronavirus cases in Africa.