South Africa with the count crossing to 709 on March 25 has become the most affected African country of the COVID-19 pandemic. The jump in the cases was verified by the South Africa’s Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize.
Cases across Africa have now crossed the 2,400 mark and out of all 54 countries, only 10 remain spared, i.e., 44 countries have reported cases of COVID-19. Among the African countries, Libya has by far reported just one case. Per the data provided by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; South Sudan, Burundi, Malawi, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Lesotho, Sao Tome, Botswana and Comoros haven’t reported even a single case.
South Africa is to go under lockdown on March 27. The health infrastructure across the African nations are mostly strained, the most dilapidated being the situation of Congo, that has by far dealing with the Ebola crisis in the east that has also been marked as a global health emergency and now has reported three deaths already because of the pandemic COVID-19. Apart from COVID-19 and Ebola, Congo also struggles from measles outbreak.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said that there has been “intense local spread” in Free State province among Church attendees where five cases were reported, who had recent travel history to abroad.
In a proposal to the Group of 20 major industrialized nations of Africa, the government of Ethiopia has said that Africa needs a $150 billion emergency financing package because “COVID-19 poses an existential threat to the economies of African countries”.