Confirmed coronavirus cases surpass 928,000 in Africa – WHO

TASS Russian News Agency | Aug 1, 2020 at 6:45 PM

PRETORIA, August 1. /TASS/. African nations have seen a single-day spike in coronavirus cases by 19,976 to 928,320, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for Africa said on Saturday.

According to the Regional Office for Africa, the number of coronavirus-related deaths has risen by 376 to 19,681, while the number of recoveries surpassed 590,000.

South Africa accounts for the biggest number of coronavirus cases across Africa - 493,183, with 8,005 fatalities. The death toll in Egypt tops 4,805, while 94,078 cases have been confirmed. Algeria has registered 1,210 deaths from the coronavirus.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is ranked second to South Africa (43,151 cases and 879 deaths) and is followed by Ghana (35,501 cases and 182 deaths).

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, about 17,600,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 679,000 deaths have been reported.