By Lilian Ogbonna, For Agenda Watchdog, April 18, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Africa’s fatalities from COVID-19 has reached the 1,000 mark. As at Friday, April 18,2020, the continent had recorded a total of 19, 334 cases, following the emergence of the disease in Wuhan, China. Out of this figure, the hardest hit countries in the continents are Algeria – 364, Egypt – 205, Morocco – 135 and South Africa – 50.
Africa has the lowest recorded cases and fatalities for COVID-19 so far in the world, though there are fears that limited testing might be masking the continent’s true figures. According to health experts, Africa’s response to COVID-19 could be hampered by the continent’s lack of capacity in funding, health facilities and personnel to adequately respond to the virus.