WHO Sitrep: 13% decrease in COVID-19 cases in Africa, 7% increase in deaths

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa region says there has been a 13% decrease in incidence cases and a 7% increase in deaths since it’s last report issued on 23 September, Polity reports.

The WHO says countries reporting the highest number of cases in the past seven days include; South Africa 9,290 (37%), Ethiopia 4,162 (16%), Mozambique 1,442 (6%), Uganda 1,305 (5%) and Kenya 1,154 (5%).

Case incidence has further continued to decrease in the past weeks says WHO, with South Africa continuing to consistently register the largest number of reported cases for many weeks, however, with a 21% decrease noted in the past seven days. Furthermore, WHO has said the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa may have passed its peak, but warns governments not to be complacent as countries relax their restrictions.

The latest figures show that 31 countries recorded a decrease in new cases compared to 29 countries in the previous period, with 18 of them registering a decrease of more than 20%.

According to the report, the current figures in the region represent 3.5% of confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2.6% of deaths reported worldwide.

 

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