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Coronavirus: Africa records 60 per cent increase in COVID-19 deaths – WHO

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COVID-19: Take lessons from Ebola readiness - WHO tells Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa has increased by 60 per cent.

WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo gave the update in a “COVID-19 Situation Report” posted on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Thursday.

“Over the past week, there has been a 51 per cent increase in the number of cases and a 60 per cent increase in the number of deaths reported in the WHO African Region.

“Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to rise rapidly across the African continent. No new countries have been affected since our last situation report on April 8, 2020.

“To date, 45 (96 per cent) out of 47 Member States of the WHO African Region have reported COVID-19 cases. Comoros and Lesotho are the only Member States with no reported cases to date.

“As of 14 April 2020 (epidemiological week 16), a cumulative total of 10, 759 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 520 deaths (case fatality ratio CFR: 4.8 per cent) have been reported across the 45 affected countries in the region,” it said.

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