Over 1000 coronavirus infections in 40 African countries leave at least 29 people dead

Coronavirus has spread to 40 countries in Africa, claimed the lives of at least 29 people and infected more than a thousand others as of Saturday morning, according to a virus tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins.

At least 8 people have died in Egypt, 11 in Algeria, 3 in Morocco, 2 in Burkina Faso, 1 in Tunisia, 1 in Congo Kinshasa, 1 in Mauritius, 1 in Gabon and 1 in Sudan.

The virus has now spread to all parts of the second most populous continent with the highest number of those infected being in Egypt, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Senegal.

At least 285 infections have been reported in Egypt, 240 in South Africa, 94 in Algeria, 86 in Morocco, 64 in Burkina Faso, 54 in Tunisia, 47 in Senegal, 27 in Cameroon, 23 in Congo (Kinshasa), 22 in Nigeria, 19 in Ghana, 17 in Rwanda, 14 in Mauritius, 14 in Cote d’Ivoire, 9 in Ethiopia, 9 in Togo, 7 in Kenya, 7 in Seychelles, 6 in Tanzania, 6 in Equatorial Guinea, 4 in Gabon, 3 in Liberia, 3 in Congo (Brazzaville), 3 in Central African Republic, 3 in Madagascar, 3 in Namibia, 3 in Zimbabwe, 2 in Benin, 2 in Angola, 2 in Guinea, 2 in Sudan, 2 in Zambia, 2 in Mauritania, 1 in Cabo Verde, 1 in Somalia, 1 in Niger, 1 in Chad, 1 in Djibouti, 1 in Eswatini and 1 in The Gambia.

These numbers were bound to change rapidly as the virus continues to spread around the world.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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