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COVID-19: There are now over 10,000 cases in Africa —WHO

The Regional office of the WHO for Africa has confirmed that Covid-19 figures in the continent now add up to over 10,000 confirmed cases with more than 500 fatalities recorded as at Wednesday.

The updates on the organization’s official Twitter handle read this: “There are over 10,000 COVID-19 cases reported across 52 countries in Africa; initially, mainly confined to capital cities, a significant number of countries in Africa are now reporting cases in multiple provinces.”

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, has raised concerns over the climbing figures and fears they may rise even more if the crisis isn’t effectively managed.

She said: “Tackling this pandemic requires a decentralised response. Communities must be empowered and get the resources and expertise needed to tackle outbreaks locally.’’

Meanwhile, South Africa, Algeria and Cameroon have continued to lead with the highest number of reported cases in 52 out 54 African countries.

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South Africa has 1,749 cases and 13 deaths, Algeria 1,468 cases and 94 deaths and Cameroon, 650 cases with 9 deaths.

South Sudan has reported only one covid-19 case.

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