Covid-19 death toll in Africa at 52 amid con­cern at con­ti­nent’s health sys­tems

Pretoria News - - WORLD - | CAJ News

AT LEAST 52 peo­ple have so far died of the coro­n­avirus (Covid-19) On the African con­ti­nent. This is out of 1 654 cases recorded in 43 coun­tries that have con­firmed cases.

The num­ber of cases how­ever is ac­cu­rate as yes­ter­day and does not re­flect the overnight in­crease of 152 cases in South Africa to 554 cases. This is the high­est on the con­ti­nent.

The fig­ures dis­closed by the Africa Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC) in­di­cate that 13 coun­tries on the con­ti­nent have recorded deaths. Most of the deaths have been in Al­ge­ria where at least 17 peo­ple have died. At least 169 peo­ple have re­cov­ered in 11 coun­tries.

While Africa has ex­pe­ri­enced fewer cases of Covid-19, the weak health sys­tems across the con­ti­nent are cause for con­cern.

Glob­ally, 16 585 peo­ple have died from Covid-19. This is out of 382 972 cases. Some 102 524 have re­cov­ered.

Mean­while, the UN Chil­dren’s Agency (Unicef) warned that hun­dreds of mil­lions of mi­nors around the world will likely face in­creas­ing threats to their safety and well­be­ing be­cause of ac­tions taken to con­tain the spread of the Covid-19 pan­demic. Th­ese in­clude ill-treat­ment, gen­der-based vi­o­lence, ex­ploita­tion, so­cial ex­clu­sion and sep­a­ra­tion from care­givers. Covid-19 has up­ended the lives of chil­dren and fam­i­lies across the globe. Quar­an­tine ef­forts, while nec­es­sary, are dis­rupt­ing chil­dren’s rou­tines and sup­port sys­tems. “The dis­ease is now reach­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies far be­yond those it di­rectly in­fects,” said Unicef.

African coun­tries that recorded deaths to date in­clude Al­ge­ria (17), Burk­ina Faso (4), DRC (2), Egypt (14), Gabon (1), Gam­bia (1), Ghana (1), Mau­ri­tius (2), Morocco (4), Nige­ria (1), Su­dan (1), Tu­nisia (3) and Zim­babwe (1). Coun­tries that have wit­nessed re­cov­er­ies are Al­ge­ria (77), Burk­ina Faso (5), Cameroon (2), Côte d’Ivoire (2), Egypt (56), Ethiopia (4), Morocco (3), Nige­ria (2), Sene­gal (5), South Africa (12) and Tu­nisia (1).

| Reuters

AN AIR­PORT worker watches as a ship­ment of med­i­cal sup­plies to fight Covid-19 ar­rives at the Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Nairobi, Kenya, yes­ter­day.

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