Africa's COVID-19 case fatality rate now higher than global rate

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Africa's coronavirus case fatality rate stands at 2.5%, higher than the global level of 2.2% – a trend that is alarming experts. This Times reports that this according to Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) head Dr John Nkengasong who said earlier in the pandemic, Africa's death rate had been below the global average.

“The case fatality rate is beginning to be very worrying and concerning for all of us,” he said.

The Times reports that ore are 21 countries on the continent with a death rate of above 3%, including Egypt, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan.

Over the past week, cases decreased by nearly 7% compared to the previous week while deaths increased 10%, according to Africa CDC data.

The continent reported 207,000 new cases in the past week, with South Africa alone reporting 100,000 of those new cases, Nkengasong said.

 

Full report in The Times Full Africa CDC COVID-19 Briefs

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