WHO Notes Africa's Weekly Rise in Covid-19 Cases

According to the World Health Organisation, although the Africa region saw a slow but continuous decline in newly-reported cases since mid-July, there were 11% more cases reported in the last 7 days compared to the prior week although there are a greater number of countries reporting increases, the pattern of increasing cases is driven by South Africa and Ethiopia, which continue to report the highest numbers of new cases in the last 7 days, followed by Kenya, Uganda, and Algeria. Continuing the trend from last week, the number of reported deaths increased this week with South Africa accounting for the majority of the new deaths in the Region (74%). The current transmission pattern in the majority of the 47 Member States in the African Region is reported as community transmission, with five reporting clusters of cases, and only Seychelles, Mauritius, and Eritrea currently reporting sporadic cases.

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