When the deadly Coronavirus first surfaced the global world, it was not believed that it can have a stay in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. Reason being the fact that the temperature in this region is quite on a high compared to some other parts of the world. But of truth, the current figure shows that there have been lots of African countries affected by this pandemic, and also the number of Sub-Saharan nations been affected have been on a high toll. There are now more than over 13,600 confirmed cases of Coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic.
Having originated in Wuhan, China, The latest continent to have witnessed the spread of this virus is Africa. Although being the latest, about 52 African countries have affected by this deadly virus. Countries like South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria continues to lead in terms of number of cases. But the fact is that in as much as the fact that there are large numbers of countries affected in the continent compared to others, the continent boasts the number of fewest cases around the world. This site has prepared for you the list of affected African Countries from Covid-19.
List of African Countries Affected by Covid-19
This list is been arranged in alphabetical order below, having been updated on Easter day, 12th April, 2020. We shall always update you whenever a new case is been recorded.
Date updated – 12th April, 2020
Total number of cases = 13, 636
Total number of Deaths = 742
The first case in the country was confirmed on 25 February. On the morning of 2 March, Algeria confirmed two new cases of the Coronavirus, a woman and her daughter. On 3 March, Algeria reported another two new cases of the Coronavirus. The two new cases were from the same family, a father and daughter, and were living in France. On 4 March, the country recorded 4 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, all from the same family.
Algeria has a total number of 1,914 Covid-19 cases.
On 21 March, the first two cases in the country were confirmed. This led to all Angolan borders been closed for 15 days on 20th March.
The country currently has a total number of 19 cases.
- Benin Republic
The country reported its first ever case on the 16th of March, and now currently has a figure of 35 total cases been recorded in the country.
On 30 March, the first three cases in Botswana were confirmed, and currently bringing the total number in the country to a total of 13 new cases.
- Burkina Faso
On 9 March, the first two cases in the country were reported in Burkina Faso. On 13 March, the third case was also confirmed, a person who had had direct contact with the first two cases.
As of March 14, 2020, a total of 7 cases have been confirmed in the country. 5 of the new confirmed cases had had direct contact with the first two cases. 1 is an English national employed at a gold mine in the country that vacationed in Liverpool and came back on March 10, transiting through Vancouver and Paris.
The total number of cases is 497.
Burundi is the latest country according to sources among the most affected African countries. On 31 March, the first two cases in the country were confirmed
The total number of cases in the country currently is 5
On 6 March the first case was confirmed in the country. The country is among those most affected with a total number of 820 cases.
- Cape Verde
On 20 March, the first case in the country was confirmed, a 62 year old from the United Kingdom. Cape-Verde’s total number is 8.
- Central African Republic
On 14 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. Just like Cape Verde, Central African Republic equally has 8 confirmed cases.
On 19 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. The total number of cases recorded in Chat is 18.
- Republic of the Congo
The country’s first case was announced on 14 March, a 50-year-old man who had returned to the Republic of the Congo from France.
The total number of cases is 60.
- DR Congo
On 10 March, the first case was reported in the country, currently the total number in this country is 234.
On 18 March, the first case in Djibouti was confirmed. The total number of cases in Djibouti is 214 currently.
Egypt is second after South Africa among the list of affected African countries. Egypt’s health ministry announced the first case in the country at Cairo International Airport involving a Chinese national on 14 February. On 6 March, the country announced 12 new cases of Coronavirus. The infected persons were among the Egyptian staff aboard the Nile cruise ship MS River Anuket, which was travelling from Aswan to Luxor.
On 7 March 2020, health authorities announced that 45 people on board had tested positive, and that the ship had been placed in quarantine at a dock in same Luxor.
Egypt has a total number of 2,065 cases.
- Equatorial Guinea
On 14 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases here is 21
On 20 March, the first case in Eritrea was confirmed. Currently, Eritrea has about 34 total confirmed cases.
On 14 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. About 14 cases have been reported as the total figure in this country.
The country’s first case was announced on 13 March, a Japanese man who had arrived in the country on 4 March from Burkina Faso. Three additional cases of the virus were reported on March 15. The three individuals had close contact with the person who was reported to be infected by the virus on 13 March. Among the infected individuals an elderly Ethiopian in her eighties has been said to have some escalating symptoms while other eight have been on a recovery route and showing less and less symptoms of the disease.
On the previous press release the government authorities had noted that one case was retested and confirmed negative and two of the confirmed cases have been sent to their Japan.
The country has about 71 total cases.
The country’s first case was announced on 12 March, a 27 year old Gabonese man who returned to Gabon from France, 4 days prior to confirmation of the Coronavirus. The total number of cases in the country is 57.
The Gambia reported its first case of Coronavirus from a 20-year-old woman who returned from the United Kingdom on 17 March.
The total number of cases in the country is 9.
Ghana reported its first two cases on 12 March. The two cases were people who came back to the country from Norway and Turkey respectively. Five more cases were confirmed as of 17 March. In the afternoon, the confirmed cases increased from 9 to 11 after a test of a 58-year-old Ghanaian woman who is a resident of Kumasi had returned from UK some weeks ago, and another patient, a 61-year-old Lebanese and a resident of Kumasi, showed symptoms of Coronavirus and was also tested positive.
By 20 March, Ghana had recorded 5 new COVID 19 cases, of which 3 showed no travel history, while the other 2 returned from Paris, France and Amsterdam.
The total number of cases here is 566.
On 13 March, Guinea confirmed its first case, an employee of the European Union delegation in Guinea.
The total number here is 250.
On 25 March, Guinea-Bissau confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases, a Congolese U.N. employee and an Indian citizen.
The country has a total number of 38 new cases.
- Ivory Coast
On 11 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. The country has about 574 total confirmed cases.
On 12 March 2020, the first case was confirmed in Kenya by President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.
On 13 March, the first case in Kenya was confirmed, a woman who came from the US via London.
The country has a total number of 197 cases.
On 16 March, the first case in Liberia was confirmed. The total number of reported Covid-19 cases in Liberia is 50.
On 24 March, the first case in Libya was confirmed. Libya has a total of 25 cases of Covid-19
On 20 March, the three first cases were confirmed in Madagascar and all were women.
The total number of cases in Madagascar is 106.
On 2 April, the three first cases were confirmed in Malawi. The total number in this country is about 13.
On 25 March, the two first cases were confirmed in Mali. Currently, the country now has a total number of 5 cases.
On 13 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. The total number now in the country is about 7
On 19 March, the first three cases in the country were confirmed. The number of total cases in the country is 324.
On 2 March, the country recorded its first case of COVID-19. It was a Moroccan national residing in Italy who had returned to Morocco.
The total number now is 1,661.
Mozambique is another country to be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Although the country has taken several measures to curtail the spread of the virus but it doesn’t stop it from spreading.
The total number of cases been recorded in the country is 21.
On 14 March, the first two cases in the country were confirmed. A celebration for the 30th anniversary of Namibian independence that takes place on 21 March was even suspended.
The total number of cases in the country is 16.
Niger confirmed its first case on 19 March 2020. Currently, the total figure of Covid-19 cases in the country is 529.
On 27 February, Nigeria confirmed its first case, the first case of Coronavirus. An Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and had returned on 25 February from Milan, Italy through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, fell ill on 26 February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.The test was confirmed positive by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
He was transferred to the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos. On 28 February, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health announced that the Italian man had traveled on Turkish Airlines with a brief transit at Istanbul.
The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria stands at 323 as of the Easter day.
On 14 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. The figure that was reported in this country is about 125
- São Tomé and Príncipe
On 6th April, the first four cases in the country were confirmed. Currently, the total number of confirmed cases in the country is 4.
On 2 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. Senegal currently has a total number of 280 confirmed cases.
Seychelles reported its first two cases on 14 March. The two cases were people who were in contact with someone in Italy who tested positive.
And now the total number of reported cases in the country is 11.
- Sierra Leone
On 24 March, President Julius Maada Bio announced a year-long state of emergency in order to deal with a potential outbreak. Quarantine measures are in place for all visitors arriving from countries with more than 50 cases.Even as at that, the country recorded its first case of Coronavirus on 31 March, a person who traveled from France on 16 March and had been in isolation since.
The total number of cases in the country is 10.
On 16 March, the first case in Somalia was confirmed. Somalia’s Health Ministry reported that the Somali citizen was returning home from China.
The current total figure in the country is now 25.
- South Africa
South Africa is the highest among the most affected African countries. On 5 March the first confirmed case was announced, returning from Italy. On 15 March 2020, South Africa declared a national state of disaster. On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a national lock-down lasting 21 days from 26 March 2020.
The total number of affected cases in the country is about 2,173.
- South Sudan
On 5 April, the first case was confirmed in the country. And currently, South Sudan now has about 4 cases.
The country’s first case was announced on 13 March, a man who died in Khartoum on 12 March. He had visited the United Arab Emirates in the first week of March., later it was revealed that the man died because of malaria not Covid-19.
The total figure in this country is now 19.
On 16 March, the first case was confirmed in the country. And now the total figure now is about 46 in number.
On 6 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. The current total figure in Togo is now 76 as of 12th April.
On 2 March, the first case in the country was confirmed. And the total number of cases in the country now is 707
On 20 March, the first case in Uganda was confirmed. But now as of 12th April, the total figure in the country is now 54.
Zambia reported its first 2 cases of COVID-19 on 18 March. The patients were a couple that had traveled to France on holiday. A third case was recorded on 22 March. The patient was a man who had traveled to Pakistan.
The total number of cases in Zambia is now 43.
Its first case came from a male resident of Victoria Falls who traveled from the United Kingdom via South Africa on 15 March. As of 27 March there are 7 confirmed cases in Zimbabwe and 1 death.
The total number of cases reported now is 14.
Note: Among the most affected African countries, South Africa has the highest case while Burundi and Mali has the fewest (5 each) as of April 12th, 2020.
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