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Coronavirus - Africa: Decrease in COVID-19 cases in Africa

There has been a 2% decrease in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the WHO African Region compared to the last reporting period. 83% of cases have recovered. For more detailed analysis, read our most recent COVID-19 Situation Report: https://bit.ly/32ZC3As 10 countries account for 87% (995,723) of reported…

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Coronavirus: Social, environmental factors seen behind Africa’s low COVID-19 cases

Deaths attributed to COVID-19 have also remained low in the region

COVID-19 transmission in Africa has been marked by relatively fewer infections, which have been on the decline over the past two months, owing to a variety of socio-ecological factors as well as early and strong public health measures taken by governments across the region. The pandemic has largely been in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: 10 countries account for 87% (973,910) of reported COVID-19 cases in the African Region

There has been a 14% decrease in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the WHO African Region compared to the last reporting period. 83% of cases have recovered. For more detailed analysis, read our most recent COVID-19 Situation Report: https://bit.ly/35KIc5n. 10 countries account for 87% (973,910) of reported…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 Genome Sequencing Laboratory Network Launches in Africa

Ongoing sequencing is already providing crucial information for determining the type of SARS-CoV-2 lineage circulating in some countries

With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, in Africa.…

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Togo is first African country to end sleeping sickness as a public health problem

Sleeping sickness is caused by parasites which are transmitted by infected tsetse flies and is only found in 36 countries in sub-Saharan Africa

Togo has received validation from the World Health Organization (WHO) for having eliminated human African trypanosomiasis or “sleeping sickness” as a public health problem, becoming the first country in Africa to reach this milestone. Sleeping sickness is caused by parasites which are transmitted by infected tsetse flies and is only…

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Coronavirus - Ghana: Easing COVID-19 impact on core health services in Ghana

People avoiding clinics and hospitals as the pandemic gained ground in many African countries has been a common tale

New mother Sophia Turkson brought her baby for the tenth-day review at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital. “Honestly in the beginning, (with) the fear of the whole pandemic I missed about two of my antenatal appointments,” she says. Health authorities in many countries are striving to restore routine health services:…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Decrease of 25% in COVID-19 cases recorded compared to previous reporting period

COVID-19 cases in the African Region continue to slow down during past two weeks. There is a 25% decrease in cases recorded compared to previous reporting period.  For more detailed analysis, read our most recent COVID-19 Situation Report: https://bit.ly/3j04u6A 10 countries account for 88% (849,503) of all reported COVID-19 cases…

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Coronavirus - Africa: 13% increase in the COVID-19 cases for African Region in the last week

There has been a 13% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the African Region in the past week, compared to a 18% increase recorded during the previous reporting period. For more detailed analysis, read our most recent COVID-19 Situation Report: https://bit.ly/2DMjp4U 10 countries account for 89% (735,482) of…

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Coronavirus - Ghana: Pooling samples boosts Ghana’s COVID-19 testing

Ghana has conducted over 370 000 tests between March and mid-July making it one of the countries in the WHO Africa Region with the most tests per 100 000 population

“We are pleased to inform you that after the recent COVID-19 test conducted, your results came out negative,” read a text message to Benedict Abbey. “Please do well to continue to strictly adhere to the precautionary protocols and we will get through this healthy and safe.” Six days earlier Abbey…

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Coronavirus: Africa closes in on one million COVID-19 cases

Overall, the pandemic is accelerating with the number of new cases increasing by 50% during the last 14 days compared with the previous fortnight

COVID-19 infections in Africa will exceed one million cases in the coming days as the pandemic surges in several hotspot countries. In a little more than three weeks, the number of cases on the continent almost doubled to 889 457, with 18 806 deaths. Overall, the pandemic is accelerating with…