Africa yesterday crossed 1.3 million COVID-19 cases as its low figures and deaths defy expectations.
According to African Arguments, the number of confirmed COVID infections in the continent is 1,306,750.
Confirmed deaths rose to 31,504, putting the continent’s mortality rate from the virus at 2.4 per cent. This is lower than the global average of 3.3 per cent.
Recoveries have been rising fast too, with the number now topping 1 million, standing at 1,045,694. That puts the continent’s recovery rate at an incredible 80 per cent.
Egypt crosses 100,000 cases
Egypt has become the second country in the continent to cross 100,000 cases.
Yesterday, Egypt confirmed 187 new COVID cases to take its total to 100,047 confirmed infections. The country has over 79,000 recoveries, while deaths are slightly above 5,500.
Rwanda’s recent surge slows
Rwanda had seen a surge in new COVID infections towards the end of August. However, that seems to pass as the country reported less than fifty cases for a third day straight.
Yesterday, Rwanda confirmed 35 new COVID cases, raising the total to 4,409.
Recoveries rose by 36, and now stand at 2,271 (51.5 per cent recovery rate). Deaths remain at 19 though.
Surge in Uganda continues
Uganda has seen an increase in the number of COVID cases as it reported 124 new infections yesterday.
The new infections took the national tally to 3,900.
Uganda recently introduced charges for testing among select organisations and individuals in the country.
Furthermore, the country has also seen an increase in infections among health workers.
Yesterday, the country confirmed 13 new infections among health workers. That is 10.5 per cent of yesterday’s cases.
In total, 49 healthcare workers have COVID in Uganda since September started.
Ethiopia crosses 60,000 infections, over 1 million tests
Ethiopia is quickly gaining on the testing front. With over 52 COVID testing centres, the country is able to process over 20,000 tests a day.
That has seen cases rise rapidly in the country, with the country confirming 2,112 cases on Tuesday.
That has raised total infections in Ethiopia to 60,784. Total number of tests, meanwhile, crossed 1,050,000.