While infections have been slowing down in Africa, the number of countries with over 100,000 cases has now increased to three.
Morocco, which has witnessed a surge in recent weeks, saw the number of cases surpass 100,000 on Sunday, joining the likes of Egypt and South Africa.
South Africa has over 657,000 confirmed COVID cases, but the country appears to be edging out its first wave.
Low testing in Egypt
Egypt, which has also seen case stabilise and rise steadily, crossed 100,000 after several weeks of slow rise as the first wave peaked. Now, the country has 102,015 confirmed COVID cases. However, testing seems to be limited in Egypt. The country has 1,314 tests per million people. This is among the lowest rate among the five hardest-hit countries in the continent.
Morocco, one of the countries in Africa witnessing a significant rise in cases, now has 103,119 COVID cases. Recoveries, meanwhile, rose to 84,158, with deaths at 1,855.
Over 2000 cases a day
Between September 3rd and 16th, Morocco saw the number of cases rise by 27,649. That figure is among the highest in Africa. That is an average of 2,126 new cases per day. The 17th of September saw the country report its highest cases since the pandemic broke out. On that day, Morocco confirmed 2,488 new cases.
The surge of cases has seen the government of Morocco close the capital city, Casablanca on September 9th, to contain the virus spread.
“All labour ports of Casablanca will be closed and movement to and from the city will be subject to an exceptional travel permit issued by the local authorities,” they said as they imposed the restrictions.
The number of deaths in African now stands at 33,968, even as infections rose above 1.4 million. Recoveries have risen above 1.15 million.
Thus, despite the continental reduced cases, Morocco has shown that individual countries may be seeing surges in cases masked by the reduced cases in worst-hit countries.
Indeed, Morocco is serving as a warning on the interpretation of COVID-19 data in Africa.