Inside Africa: COVID-19 Updates and Policy Responses
Policy Vault provides the most comprehensive updates on COVID-19 in Africa. Our analysts collect up-to-date data from the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, our on-the-ground consultants track policy responses of governments across Africa.
This page is updated weekly.
Week of April 19
Total #COVID19 cases on the continent stand at 23,785, with 6,215 recoveries and 1,160 deaths. Lesotho and Comoros remain the 2 countries without confirmed cases.
Distribution of #Covid_19 cases in Africa remain unchanged as North Africa still accounts for the largest share of cases. The biggest value change comes from West Africa as the region moved from ~19% to ~22%
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As the #COVID19 threat expands on the continent, the IMF, World Bank, and other organizations have called for suspension of debt payments for low-middle income countries. Countries like Ghana, Cameroon, Egypt, and Kenya are currently making significant debt service payments that greatly eclipse their public health expenditures.Pausing or cancelling debt will help countries with a greater debt burden channel more resources towards fighting #COVID19
These charts show the breakdown of deaths and recoveries across regions - North Africa has the highest proportion of both total deaths and recoveries in Africa.
Week of April 6
The graph shows a weekly timeline of confirmed #COVID19 cases in Africa since the index case in Egypt about 2 months ago. The numbers are still relatively low compared to other regions of the world, as concerns grow with regards to African countries’ capacity to test at scale.
Cases have risen sharply in South-Africa, Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria. South-Africa accounts for about 16% of total confirmed cases on the continent. The country leads the continent’s coronavirus testing, with over 73,000 tests done so far.
The novel coronavirus continues to spread across Africa. Since 27 March 2020, the number of confirmed cases in Northern Africa has risen from 1416 to 4818.
There are 533, 995, 1034, 1781 and 2158 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Territories, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Western Africa respectively.
Since 25 March 2020, confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Africa have risen from 2828 to 10862. In the same time period, 449 more people have passed away due to the virus, bringing the total count to 521.
As of today, only two countries -Lesotho and Comoros- have no reports of confirmed cases. #FactsNotFear
Week of March 23
African countries adopt sweeping measures to fight #COVID19 as total cases in the continent reach 2828, with 72 deaths. No cases have been recorded in Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra-Leone, South-Sudan, and Western Sahara.
Looking at the regional distribution of confirmed cases, as a percentage of total confirmed cases in Africa, South Africa accounts for 98.6% and 29% of confirmed cases in Southern-Africa and Africa respectively. Réunion and Mayotte make up the territories highlighted above.
Compiled by Policy Vault Inc.'s Policy Team:
Timi Iwayemi, Director of Policy
Abdul Malik Adeyemo, Public Policy Fellow
Malcolm Durosaye, Public Policy Fellow