Coronavirus: Global cases exceeds 500,000 as SA tops chart in Africa

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With over 40 African countries currently battling with confirmed COVID-19 cases, South Africa tops the chart of the deadly virus on the continent as shown in data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the John Hopkins University tally indicated that South Africa held the top spot in Africa with 927 cases, as of the time of this report, surpassing Egypt which previously had the highest number of cases.

As of the time of filing this report on Friday,  Egypt had a total number of 495 in confirmed cases followed by 367 cases in Algeria.

Also figures released by worldometers.info on fatalities indicated that Algeria had the highest number of deaths, so far, with 25 followed closely by Egypt with 24 deaths while South  Africa had recorded zero deaths.

The worldometers.info tally showed that Egypt had the highest number of recovered cases so far with 102, with Algeria and South Africa recording 29 and 12 recovered cases respectively.

Other countries with over 100 confirmed cases as indicated by John Hopkins University and worldometers.info included Morocco with 275 infected persons, Tunisia 197, Burkina Faso 152, Ghana 132 and Senegal recording 105 in infected persons.

Country with least number of confirmed cases on the continent is Libya with only one infected person, while Somalia and Guinea Bissau currently account for two recorded cases each.

Other African countries with confirmed cases of the  novel conronavirus are Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mali, Liberia, Congo and Central Africa Republic.

NAN also reports that Nigeria has not remained unaffected by the raging pandemic with 65 confirmed cases, as of Thursday night, including three recovered cases and one death.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday evening reported additional 14 new cases.

The NCDC on its official Twitter page, @NCDCgov, said that the confirmed cases were recorded in Lagos, Bauchi and the FCT.

“Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 1 in FCT, 1 in Bauchi and 12 in Lagos.

“Of the 14, 6 were detected on a vessel, 3 are returning travellers ans 2 are close contacts of confirmed cases,” the agency tweeted.The NCDC in its #TakeResponsibility campaign emphasised hand washing, self-isolation,  information sharing from official sources, avoiding large gatherings and social distancing to prevent and contain the virus.

NAN also reported that a total of 532, 788 confirmed COVID-19 cases had been recorded worldwide, with US overtaking China, the epicentre of the pandemic.

According to the John Hopkins University data, the death toll had hit 24,077 globally, as of the time of going to press,  while the virus had spread to 176 countries.

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