Africa crossed the 50,000 confirmed cases mark today according to tallies by the John Hopkins University tracker. As of 19:00 GMT number of cases stood at 50,000.
The number indicates a leap of 30,000 cases in exactly 18 days. The 20,000 mark was reached on April 18. The spike in infections in recent weeks had concerned the WHO Africa office and the African Union’s Centers for Disease Control, Africa CDC.
Meanwhile, the death toll has passed 2,000 mark as of May 7, 2020. Recoveries also passed the 17,000 mark even as more government double up testing efforts.
The most impacted countries include:
- South Africa = 7,572
- Egypt = 7,588
- Algeria = 4,977
- Morocco = 5,408
- Nigeria = 2,950
- Ghana = 2,719