Togo among top 10 African countries to test for Covid-19

Monday, 11 May 2020 16:32
Togo among top 10 African countries to test for Covid-19

(Togo First) - Togo reached the position after passing 10,000 tests last week. This corresponds to an average of 1,253 tests per million population, according to latest figures. 

Countries with the highest testing record are Mauritius (who tested nearly 70,000 people which corresponds to about 54,000 tests per million people since the overall population stands at 1.3 million people), Djibouti (15,490  tests per million people), South Africa and Ghana (the latter tested 155,201 people, thus nearly 5,000 tests per million people). The first two, let’s emphasize, owe their performance not only to their small population but also to massive testing to contain the spread of the disease. 

The countries above are followed by Botswana (4,057 tests per million people), Rwanda (3,276 tests per million people), Tunisia (2,777 tests per million people), Cape Verde (1,423 tests per million people), Morocco (1,786 tests per million), and then Togo. 

In West Africa, after Ghana and Togo comes Senegal with 1,210 tests per million inhabitants. Meanwhile Nigeria, Africa’s most populated, lags far behind with only 120 tests per million

In terms of infected cases, countries that are most affected in West Africa are Ghana (4,263 confirmed cases), Nigeria (4,151), and Guinea (2,146). As for Togo, it has confirmed so far 174 cases, with 89 who have recovered, 11 deaths and 74 still active. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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