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Africa surpasses 1 million COVID-19 infections

Africa has now crossed the one million-mark in COVID-19 infections.

According to the AFP News Agency, the continent now has 1,000,054 confirmed cases of the contagion.

The number of deaths rose to 21,724, while recoveries continued to rise, passing 670,000.

Five countries account for 75 per cent of cases

A million cases now mean that Africa now accounts for five per cent of all the global cases of the virus.

Africa Centre for Disease Control, says that five countries alone account for 75 per cent of all the cases in the continent.

There are hopes that the infection is peaking, with WHO stating on Thursday that some countries had seen a decline in daily cases of about 25 per cent.

A further ten countries had witnessed an increase in cases. However, the health organization said that it was too early to state it as a trend.

South Africa peaking

South Africa is the worst-hit country in Africa, accounting for 53 per cent of the continents cases. The country has over 529,000 cases.

However, the country has now begun reporting less than 10,000 daily cases, after averaging 12,000 in July.

The WHO further deployed 43 experts to help the country deal with the outbreak, though the country has one of the best health care systems in Africa.

Egypt declining cases

Egypt follows South Africa, reporting in slightly over 95,000 cases, with 4,630 deaths. Egypt lifted its curfew, imposed in March, in June, and the country has seen a steady decline in cases.

From an average of 1,500 daily, the country is now reporting on average, 200 cases daily.

Nigeria not testing enough

Nigeria has also seen a drop in daily infections, from between 500 to 800 daily to now 300 – 400.

The country has 44,890 cases, along with 927 deaths. However, concerns remain that the country is not testing enough, relative to its population size.

However, even as cases continue to rise, the African health care system has so far coped better than many had predicted.

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