The COVID-19 confirmed cases in Africa rose by over 10,000 within three days, from 53,000 on May 8 to 63,000 on May 11, says the World Health Organisation, WHO.

The update was contained in a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, @WHOAFRO on Monday.

It said, “There are over 63, 000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 2, 283 associated deaths.”

South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria are African countries with the highest reported cases of COVID-19 on the continent.

The report showed that South Africa had 10,015 cases with 194 fatalities; followed by Algeria, which has 5, 723 confirmed cases and 502 fatalities, while Nigeria deaths, while Nigeria had 4,399 confirmed cases with 143 deaths.

Coming up in the fourth and fifth position are Ghana and Cameroon, with confirmed 4, 263 reported cases and fatalities and 2, 579 cases with 114 deaths, respectively.

The tweet reported that Mauritania, Comoros, Seychelles are countries with the lowest confirmed cases in the continent. While Mauritania has eight confirmed cases with one fatality; Comoros and Seychelles have 11 reported cases apiece while fatalities remain one and zero respectively.

The global health organization added that it was supporting countries by coordinating the work of external emergency medical teams working in the COVID-19 response, adding, “Teams of health care professionals are working in countries to contain the spread of the pandemic.”


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