The covid-19 pandemic is spreading fast across the African continent, prompting the WHO to raise alarm bells.Africa has close to a million confirmed cases and 20,000 fatalities. Despite the rising number and talk of an incoming second wave, African governments remain consistent in enforcing preventive measures.
Over 940,000 confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent - with more than 600,000 recoveries & almost 20,000 deaths cumulatively.
➡️View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg pic.twitter.com/gxINv1OnF3
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) August 2, 2020
KenyaKenya’s covid-19 cases have exceeded 22,000 and the country gears for a prolonged crisis period. The country resumed international flights after a three-month suspension in travel. Flights will proceed under strict adherence to the guidelines set by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority alongside the Ministry of Health.
GhanaGhana’s covid-19 cases are approaching 40,000, as the country ranks third among countries that are most infected with covid-19. Half of the cases reported are around Accra, the capital city. It’s worth noting that Ghana has one of the best testing capabilities in Africa. In his 14th address to the nation, Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo eased restrictions on mosques, churches, public transport, and other public areas. The waivers on water and electrical utilities were also extended.
NigeriaLagos state leads in total confirmed cases, followed by FCT, Oyo, and Edo respectively. Despite the rising numbers, Nigeria has also opened places of worship and required them to operate at half capacity. Africa’s most populous nation has opened 14 airports and passenger train services.
Happening now: Ongoing meeting of National Air Facilitation Committee to work out the modalities for a safe resumption of international flight operations in the Country being chair by the Minister of Interior. https://t.co/lj5hYQ5ciF
— Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria (@fmaviationng) July 29, 2020
MorroccoMorrocco's covid-19 cases have spiked with the country reporting its highest tally last week. The total number of infections is over 20,000 prompting the government to mandate the wearing of face masks. After a four-month absence, Morocco will re-open its league the Botola Pro 1. However, matches will continue behind closed doors.
Morocco's league, Botola Pro 1 has resumed with virtual fans and voices. pic.twitter.com/eIblCTcsq8
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) July 29, 2020
MozambiqueThe Mozambican government has ordered a phased reopening of schools according to grade level under strict compliance of health prevention measures. Mozambique’s economy has been hard hit by the pandemic affecting their ability to carry out testing and contact tracing. A grant secured from the Africa Development Fund (ADF) will help the government strengthen health systems, scale-up testing, and tracing, expand social protection systems, and cushion the vulnerable populations.
EgyptEgypt has the second-highest cases recorded on the continent. The number of new infections has drastically levelled off. Cairo recorded its lowest number of infections since May 3. Egyptian tourist resorts opened in July while adhering to health guidelines. Egypt’s Minister of International Co-operation, Rania al-Mashat, responded to an erratic tweet by American Tesla CEO Elon Musk that attributed the pyramid’s construction to aliens. Tourism makes up 5% of the country’s economic output and employs many people. Egypt has made it to the “safe list” of countries permitted non-essential travel to the European Union.
I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders. Mr. Musk, we are waiting for you