Highlights

  • South Africa recorded 538,184 infections, including over 8,000 new cases on Thursday, and 9,604 deaths
  • South Africa’s infection figures are the fifth-highest after the US, Brazil, India and Russia
  • There are about 19 million recorded coronavirus cases resulting in over 709,000 deaths worldwide

 

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to over one million, with more than half registered in South Africa, according to an AFP count late Thursday.

The continent’s worst-hit nation has registered 538,184 infections, including over 8,000 new cases on Thursday, and 9,604 deaths, while Egypt has recorded around 95,000 COVID-19 cases and the figure in Nigeria is 45,000.

South Africa’s infection figures are the fifth-highest after the US, Brazil, India and Russia.

Africa lucky?

Nevertheless, the African continent remains one of the least affected, according to the official figures, with only Oceania registering fewer COVID-19 cases.

But the official numbers are suspected to be a fraction of the real extent of the virus’ spread throughout Africa where several countries have failing healthcare systems and limited screening capacities.

Worldwide, there have been some 19 million recorded coronavirus cases resulting in over 709,000 deaths.

NP/Tony Ekata/AFP

 

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