Update on the number of Covid 19 infected in West Africa

May 02, 2021 | by: David Kodjani

The first case of Covid-19 in Africa appeared in February 2020 in Egypt. The 54 countries of the continent are now affected by the coronavirus.

Less impacted than the rest of the world, the African continent is also facing the spread of Covid-19. The African continent underwent a second violent wave this winter and faced new variants deemed to be more virulent.

Particularly violent in the north and south of the continent, the second wave of Covid-19 observed since the end of 2020 ran out of steam in March. It is unfortunately distinguished by a case fatality rate higher than what had been observed for a year and the continent now exceeds 108,000 deaths, while the milestone of four million people infected will be reached before the end of the month. The big question is now that of vaccines: which will be available on the continent, by what means will they arrive and when, the storage of the doses to be kept cold will it be properly ensured and will the vaccination campaigns be carried out effectively? ? About thirty countries have started distributing the products (7 million doses have been administered as of March 18, announces the WHO) - whether they originate from Western laboratories, their Indian providers, China or Russia. - and if several countries have taken the precaution of sourcing directly from suppliers, the long-awaited international solidarity is also beginning to be put in place. Some European countries even speak of offering their "surplus" doses to Africa, at the risk of fostering distrust in some of a two-speed process. One thing is certain: it will take at least months, more likely years, to vaccinate the entire population. Hoping that the multiplication of variants does not complicate an already cumbersome and complex process.

In terms of statistics, West Africa counts, as of Monday, April 19, 2021:

  • Confirmed cases in total: 468 thousand 581
  • Cured cases: 437 thousand 052
  • Deaths: 6 thousand 310

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Source: These data are provided by Wikipedia, The New York Times and JHU CSSE COVID-19 Data.

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