Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. He can be reached on [email protected]
At least 700 thousand people have contracted the coronavirus in Africa and about 15,000 of them have died, according to the latest data released by the Africa Center for Disease Control.
The data by the Africa CDC show that as of 6 p.m. East African Time, July 19, 2020, at least 701,573 people had contracted the coronavirus in Africa, 369,120 of them had recovered and 14,937 had died.
With 350,879 cases and 4,948 deaths, South Africa continues to lead the continent in both infections and fatalities. The country accounts for more than half of all the cases on the continent and one third of the deaths. At least 182, 230 people have recovered from COVID-19 in South Africa.
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Egypt follows South Africa with 87,172 total cases and 4,251 deaths. At least 27, 868 people have recovered from the coronavirus in Egypt.