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‘Africa’s COVID-19 fatality cases rate is worrisome’


Article by: Dumisane Dube

Africa’s covid-19 cases has spiked beyond expectation in the second wave says experts.

According to WHO (World Health Organization), Africa has so far recorded around 3.3-million cases of COVID-19 and nearly 82,000 deaths.

Centres for Disease Control’s data shows that this week Africa has recorded a 7% decrease in fatality cases over last week’s 10% rate.

John Nkengasong Africa CDC director, said that Africa’s fatality rate was now 2.5-percent – above the global average of 2.2-percent.

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

Nkengasong said that when the pandemic first started last year, the continent was recording fewer fatalities and this could have been because of limited testing resources.

“About 21 countries in Africa have so far recorded death rates higher than 2.2-percent” explains Nkengasong .

However, World Health Organizations’ Africa head Matshidiso Moeti said the continents fatality rate was not worse than other regions, stating that the higher rate was a result of some African countries who are more affected by the second wave.

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