Africa approaches 50,000 COVID-19 cases, 2,000 deaths – WHO

  number of coronavirus cases across African continent has reached 49,121, with 1,956 related , World Organisation (WHO) Africa said on Wednesday.

According to organisation’s statistics, COVID-19 has reached all 54 African countries and only nine of them yet to register any fatalities from .

South Africa has highest tally with 7,572 cases, while Egypt and Algeria follow with 7,201 and 4,838 cases, respectively.

The spread of the appears to be on a steep trajectory, as only 15,000 cases had been recorded on the continent in mid-April.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, himself an Ethiopian national, last expressed concern about the ability of care systems in developing nations to cope with a sharp increase in patients should the coronavirus take hold on the continent.

Many nations taken a variety of mitigation measures and many issued stay-at-home orders. (Sputnik/)