Senegal has confirmed that the number of people to have recovered from COVID-19 has hit 105.
Highest recovery rate in Africa, 7th worldwide
Senegal has the highest recovery rate of the disease in Africa and is 7th in the world, with 45 % of COVID-19 patients recovering.
In a statement, the country’s health ministry revealed that they conducted 110 tests within the last 24 hours, of which 11 were positive. The infections included two community transmissions. That took the number of cases in the western country to 237. The number of people under treatment stands at 129.
The country also has two death. How Senegal has controlled the illness could be a light to many African nations on how to manage the new coronavirus.
So far, Senegal conducts over 50 to 100 hundred tests per million population, which is second only to South Africa. South Africa leads has 539 tests per million people.
Senegal developing instant COVID-19 testing kits
Senegal had also been working to develop a testing kit that would give one COVID-19 status in a matter of minutes. The country partnered with the UK to improve the testing kits, which would cost 1 $ per test. It would give results within 10 minutes.
This would be very effective in the fight against COVID-19 as it would then allow people who test positive to isolate sooner before spreading the virus. This would allow us to bring the number of infections down.
Senegal extended the state of emergency by 30 days on 6th March to curb the spread of the virus.
Figures rising steadily
So far, the figures have been steadily rising in many African countries. Many countries have implemented lockdown to curb the spread of the disease, which has so far claimed over 80,000 lives and infected over 1.4 million across the world.
There are now over 10,000 COVID-19 cases in Africa. The number of countries affected has risen to 51. There have been 492 deaths, with 989 recoveries.
Experts project that in May, over 450,000 African people would have contracted the new coronavirus disease