- The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Africa has crossed 500 000, YEN.com.gh has learned
- Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa reportedly account for over 40% of the cases
- In less than five months, an estimated 11 959 people have lost their lives following the outbreak of COVID-19
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YEN.com.gh has learned that the total number of infections resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19 in Africa has grown past 500 000.
Concerns have also been raised about the sharp increases in the number of cases on the continent.
Information available shows that in less than five months, an estimated 11 959 people have lost their lives.
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Per a report by thebftonline.com, the statistic outweighs the 11 308 lives lost in the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.
It has also been established that cases have more than doubled in Africa in the past month and almost two-third of countries are experiencing community transmission.
Five African countries – Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa – reportedly account for about 42% of the cases; South Africa alone, reportedly accounts for 29% of cases on the continent.
In other news, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has predicted that about 49 million Africans could be pushed into poverty due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
It added that Western and Central African countries are more likely to be hit by poverty.
The AfDB has, however, projected that the economy is likely to rebound in the year 2021.
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