COVID-19: Ghana, 9 other top countries leading chart of the fast spread of the virus in Africa

COVID-19: Ghana, 9 other top countries leading chart of the fast spread of the virus in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic is known to have spread to almost every country across the globe, infecting millions of people and killing hundreds of thousands of people as well.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that 10 African countries are driving the spread of COVID-19 on the Sub-Saharan African continent.

WHO Sub-Saharan Africa regional director, Matshidiso Moeti, says the pandemic is spreading fast on the continent where more than 200,000 COVID-19 cases have now been reported.

He added that for now, Africa still only accounts for a small fraction of cases worldwide. But the pace of the spread is quickening.

COVID-19: Ghana, 9 other top countries leading faster spread of the virus in Africa
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YEN.com.gh has put together a list of the African countries leading the chart of the spread.

1. South Africa

South Africa happens to be the most affected country, accounting for more than 25% of the continent’s total cases, with Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces reporting high numbers of cases and deaths daily.

2. Nigeria

Nigeria's first confirmed case was announced on February 27, 2020, when an Italian citizen in Lagos tested positive for the virus. On 9 March, 2020, a second case of the virus was reported in Ewekoro, Ogun State.

From then till now, the country so far has over 14,000 confirmed cases, 4,494 recoveries, and over 350 recorded deaths.

3. Algeria

The virus was confirmed to have spread to Algeria in February 2020.

Algeria has 10,589 confirmed cases, recoveries stand at 7,255 and 741 deaths so far recorded in the country.

4. Egypt

In Egypt, the virus was confirmed to have reached the country on February 14, 2020.

They have 41,168 positive confirmed cases, 10,691 recoveries, and 1,412 deaths.

5. Ghana

The first two cases in Ghana were confirmed on March 13, 2020, when two infected people returned from Norway and Turkey respectively.

Ghana now has 10,533 confirmed cases, 3,824 recoveries, and 4 deaths.

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6. Cameroon

The virus was confirmed to have reached Cameroon in March 2020.

8,681 cases have been confirmed in Cameroon with 4,836 recoveries and 208 deaths.

7. Senegal

The virus was confirmed to have reached Senegal on March 2, 2020.

Confirmed cases in Senegal are 4,759, recoveries stand at 2,994 and deaths recorded are 51.

8. The Democratic Republic of Congo

The virus was confirmed to have reached the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 10 March 2020. The first few confirmed cases were all outside arrivals.

4,515 confirmed cases, 567 recoveries and 98 deaths

9. Guinea

The virus was confirmed to have reached Guinea in March 2020

The country has 4,405 confirmed cases, 3,033 recoveries, and 23 deaths.

10. Ivory Coast

The virus was confirmed to have reached Ivory Coast in March 2020.

4,627 cases have been confirmed, with 2,212 recoveries and 41 deaths.

According to the World Health Organisation, the aforementioned countries account for nearly 80% of all cases recorded.

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In other news, sixteen out of the 48 recorded people known to have died from the coronavirus disease in Ghana have been buried by the Environmental Health Division of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly

The 16 bodies represent the 27 families that registered their dead family members for burial.

Among the 16 bodies buried was the 9-year-old boy who reportedly passed away at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

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