Almost Half Of Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Have Fully Recovered

File: A patient who is suspected of suffering from COVID-19 coronavirus undergoes testing at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital isolation centre on May 10, 2020. Audu MARTE / AFP


Almost half of Africa’s COVID-19 cases have recovered from the disease, according to the Africa Centre for Disease Control (ACDC).

Before now, there were fears that Africa will not be able to cope with the contagion which many felt will overwhelm the continent’s health systems.

But data from the ACDC shows that out of the 433, 500 cases of the virus in Africa as of  Friday, 3rd June, 208, 400 of them have fully recovered and discharged.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in the continent in February,  southern Africa has the highest number of recoveries –  84, 697 – from 174, 327 infections.

Western Africa has 79,274 cases out of which 44,390 have recovered while eastern Africa takes the last position in recovery rates on the continent – 18, 351.

The agency in a report published on its website, said there were 10,680 new COVID-19 recoveries in Africa on July 2nd,  a majority of them – 6,061 – from southern Africa.

Southern Africa is the worst-hit by COVID-19 on the continent. Photo:Twitter@Africa CDC


On the flip side, however, 10, 658 persons have died from the disease with a greater number – 4, 481 – of them reported in northern Africa.

Western Africa has 1, 366 deaths from the virus, according to the latest data from the Africa CDC.

Heart Of Africa

On Thursday, Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria crossed the 27, 000 mark as the country reported 626 new COVID-19 infections.

This is according to a tweet on the official handle of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Lagos is Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre. Channels TV/Benjamin Oluwatoyin Kehinde.


Giving a breakdown of the new cases, the agency said they were recorded in 20 states in the West African country, bringing the total infections to 27,110.

US ‘Worst-Hit’

At least 10,887,320 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, about 5,585,100 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 128,740 deaths from 2,739,879 cases. At least 781,970 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 61,884 deaths from 1,496,858 cases, the United Kingdom with 43,995 deaths from 283,757 cases, Italy with 34,818 deaths from 240,961 cases, and France with 29,875 deaths from 202,785 cases.

The UK case figures have been revised down from the 313,483 reported previously after the authorities changed their counting method.

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 83,542 cases (5 new since Thursday), including 4,634 deaths and 78,499 recoveries.

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Emmanuel Egobiambu

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