Covid-19: More than 500 cases confirmed as Togo prepares to restart its economy

Thursday, 11 June 2020 15:11
Covid-19: More than 500 cases confirmed as Togo prepares to restart its economy

(Togo First) - Last Tuesday, Togo passed 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19, about three months after the first case was reported. Out of the infected, 260 recovered and 13 died, according to official sources. 

In Togo, the time it took for the number of cases to double is presently estimated at 26 days (against an average standard of 7 to 10 days). This rate is similar to other countries of the region, notably Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali. Also, the infection curve has relatively flattened.

Distribution of cases in Togo

In detail, about half of the infected (51.90% exactly) have recovered, against 45% still active. Meanwhile, the country recorded a mortality rate of 2.59%, according to official figures. 

Imported cases, which caused the overall number of confirmed cases to peak a few weeks ago, now make up about 40% of infected individuals, against 62% for locally infected cases. Most cases are situated in Lomé and its surroundings. 

Other figures show that the greatest share of infected cases are aged between 25 and 34 years (more than 152 cases); next are individuals in the 35-44 years age range (125 cases) and 15-24 years (87 cases). Regarding the mortality rate, the largest group affected is that of people of more than 45 years (5 deaths over 13), followed by those aged between 35 and 44 years (4 deaths over 13). 

Time to restart the economy

Now, Togolese authorities are taking steps to restart the economy while ensuring that populations keep following the imposed safety measures. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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