Covid-19: More than 700 cases confirmed in Togo, over 590,000 in Africa

Monday, 13 July 2020 14:16
Covid-19: More than 700 cases confirmed in Togo, over 590,000 in Africa

(Togo First) - Togolese authorities have recently reported that the country has passed 700 Covid-19 confirmed cases. In detail, there are 201 active cases, 494 recovered, and 15 deaths. Overall, the pandemic’s dynamics in Togo remain relatively stable.

Meanwhile, the economy is slowly reopening, with the airport set to resume flights. In this framework, various measures, such as passenger tracking, are being taken to minimize the risk of contagion. 

In West Africa, Nigeria has confirmed the most cases, 32,558 (of which around 40% have recovered). Next is Ghana with 24,518 cases (nearly 80% of them recovered), and Côte d’Ivoire (12,766 confirmed cases). 

Far behind are Senegal (8,135 cases and 5,169 recoveries), Guinea (6,141 cases and 4,672 recoveries), Mali (2,411 cases and 1,621 recoveries), Guinea Bissau (1,842 cases and 710 recoveries), Sierra Leone (1,635 cases, and 1,123 recoveries), Cape Verde (1,623 cases, 730 recoveries), Benin (1,378 cases and 493 recoveries), Niger (1,099 cases and 976 recoveries), Burkina Faso (1,036 cases, 862 recoveries), and finally Togo with 720 cases and 483 recoveries. 

Cases across the continent on the rise, South Africa leading

Over the whole continent, more than 590,000 cases have been confirmed, with South Africa leading. The rainbow nation has confirmed over 276,000 cases so far (45% of total cases in Africa), right before Egypt (82,070 cases), Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, and Côte d’Ivoire.  

In recent days, the number of cases has doubled in 22 African countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the alarming dynamics are attributable to the continent’s fragile health systems. To date, more than 13,000 have people died of Covid-19.  

Airborne contagion

Last week, the WHO revealed that the virus could be airborne. If confirmed, this makes the wearing of face masks even more necessary, especially in closed spaces. 

U.S, Brazil, and India at the top of the world

Worldwide, the U.S, Brazil (whose president recently tested positive) and India have the most cases - 3.37 million, 1.87 million, and 878,000 respectively. 

This is in a context where 12.9 million cases have been confirmed all over the world so far. Out of these, 7.3 million people have recovered and 571,000 died. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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