Africa Records Frightening Surge In Covid-19 Cases

Africa is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases, with a new record average of 6,009,854 cases, according to an AFP tally based on official sources on Tuesday at 1815 GMT.

The new figures make up cumulative cases from Africa’s 54 nations and territories since the virus was first discovered in December 2019 in China.

The number of new covid-19 cases is growing at more than 41,400 per day – a 13% increase over last week and a rate not yet seen on the continent.

The number of confirmed cases only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections, with different countries also having varying counting practices and levels of testing. Lack of testing capacity can mean that statistics are underestimated.

The number of new infections has been on the rise in Africa since mid-May.

Libya has seen the fastest growth with 1,560 new daily cases, a jump of 260 percent.

Mozambique is second with an average of 1,380 new cases, a 77% increase, and Morocco with 1,190 new cases, a 70 percent jump.

In terms of the total number of new cases detected, South Africa is the most impacted country with 2,219,316 cases. It accounts for 45 percent of new cases counted on the continent each day.

However, the number of new daily cases in South Africa has been decreasing in recent days, down 6 percent with 18,340 average daily cases.

The country reached its peak between July 2 and 8 when a daily average of 19,956 cases was reported.

After South Africa, Tunisia is the second country with the newest cases with 7,820 cases per day on average, an increase of 47 percent.

With the Delta variant is highly present in the country, the World Health Organization told AFP that “the health situation is serious and all indicators are red”.

In general, Africa suffers from an unequal distribution of vaccines across the world. Per 100 inhabitants only about 4 doses have been given across the continent while in Europe, nearly 72 have been administered according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

On global levels, the pandemic is subsiding only in Latin America and the Caribbean where contaminations are down by 7 percent compared to last week.

In Europe, new cases are up by 25 percent, 22 percent in the Middle East, 17 percent in Asia and 97 percent in the US.

Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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