The COVID-19 disease has wreaked havoc the world over.
With 210 countries and territories recording cases of the illness, there is no doubt that this is truly a global phenomenon that is shaping the world as it continues to spread.
The coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, is believed to have started in a wet market in China.
So, below, we take a weekly tally of the disease.
Worldwide cases top 2 M
The number of COVID-19 cases increased by over 500,000 in one week as they hit 2,184,681 infections on April, 17, 0716hrs, GMT.
The number of mild infections stands at 1,427,955, while the critical ones are 56,601 cases, an odd of 96% to 4%.
The number of worldwide deaths meanwhile hit 146,898 people. The increase was by over 50,000 from last weeks tally.
The number of recoveries meanwhile, topped half a million – 553,227 people have recovered from the disease.
The USA leads in the number of infections and deaths. The surge of COVID-19 cases and mortality in the US has been nothing short of spectacular. The country has 678,210 cases, with deaths hitting 34,641 people.
Africa cases hit 19,000
The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has now hit 19,719.
The number of recoveries, meanwhile, hit 5,202 while the number of deaths topped 1,000, with 1023 people dying from the illness.
Egypt leads the continent with 2,673 infections, followed closely by South Africa with 2,605 cases. Morocco and Algeria complete Africa countries with over 2000 cases, confirming 2,283 and 2,268 cases, respectively.
The other Africa countries have less than 1000 COVID-19 cases at the time of writing.
Kenya leads East Africa in infections, deaths
Kenya tops the East African region, with 234 confirmed COVID-19 infections.
The country has 170 active cases, with 53 more having recovered. Eleven people have died.
Rwanda follows, with 136 infections. The country has, however, not reported any death from the illness, with 60 recoveries, the highest in the region.
Uganda has 55 cases, with only 35 instances active. Twenty have recovered, while deaths stand at zero.
Tanzania has 88 COVID-19 cases, with four deaths.
sources – Theelephant.info, Worldometer.info