As Europe and North American countries go into self-imposed economic and social lockdown to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Africa remains the continent least affected by the virus. But there’s no room for complacency. “Africa should wake up, my continent should wake up,” World Health Organisation chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on March 19th, 2020.

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Africa on 14 February 2020. The first confirmed case on the continent was in Egypt, and the first confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa was in Nigeria. Most of the identified cases have arrived from Europe and the United States rather than from China.

RegionConfirmedConfirmed (24h)DeathsDeaths (24h)Deaths (%)RecoveredRecovered (24h)Recovered (%)ActiveActive (%)
Algeria
9,73310767366.9%6,21815163.9%2,84229.2%
Angola
860404.7%18020.9%6474.4%
Benin
3390300.9%151344.5%18554.6%
Botswana
400102.5%23057.5%1640.0%
Burkina Faso
88405306.0%7533385.2%788.8%
Burundi
630101.6%33052.4%2946.0%
Cameroon
6,78920420333.0%3,7052954.6%2,88142.4%
Cape Verde
47711501.1%238149.9%23449.1%
Central African Republic
1,1730400.3%2302.0%1,14697.7%
Comoros
1320201.5%27020.5%10378.0%
Democratic Republic of the Congo
3,6441497832.1%495313.6%3,07184.3%
Djibouti
3,9351562610.7%1,6362941.6%2,27357.8%
Egypt
28,6151,0791,088363.8%7,35052325.7%20,17770.5%
Equatorial Guinea
1,30601200.9%200015.3%1,09483.8%
Eritrea
390000.0%390100.0%00.0%
Ethiopia
1,6361501811.1%250415.3%1,36883.6%
Gabon
2,902992000.7%8012227.6%2,08171.7%
Gambia
261103.9%20076.9%519.2%
Ghana
8,5482513800.4%3,13214636.6%5,37862.9%
Guinea
3,933472300.6%2,3326559.3%1,57840.1%
Guinea-Bissau
1,3390800.6%5304.0%1,27895.4%
Ivory Coast
3,110863521.1%1,5302949.2%1,54549.7%
Kenya
2,3402477873.3%5929325.3%1,67071.4%
Lesotho
42000.0%2150.0%250.0%
Liberia
32152808.7%175654.5%11836.8%
Libya
19614502.6%52026.5%13970.9%
Madagascar
95749710.7%200520.9%75078.4%
Malawi
36911401.1%51913.8%31485.1%
Mali
1,386357915.7%7881956.9%51937.5%
Mauritania
745773434.6%5727.7%65487.8%
Mauritius
33501003.0%322096.1%30.9%
Morocco
7,9675720712.6%7,16051789.9%6007.5%
Mozambique
3169200.6%1091134.5%20564.9%
Namibia
250000.0%16064.0%936.0%
Niger
96116506.8%857989.2%394.1%
Nigeria
11,16634731512.8%3,3298929.8%7,52267.4%
Republic of the Congo
61102003.3%179029.3%41267.4%
Réunion
4781100.2%411086.0%6613.8%
Rwanda
39713200.5%271268.3%12431.2%
São Tomé and Príncipe
48511202.5%68014.0%40583.5%
Senegal
4,021894501.1%2,1629953.8%1,81445.1%
Seychelles
1105045.5%110100.0%00.0%
Sierra Leone
91454705.1%491053.7%37641.1%
Somalia
2,146577903.7%4064518.9%1,66177.4%
South Africa
37,5251,713792372.1%19,6821,36952.5%17,05145.4%
South Sudan
99401001.0%600.6%97898.4%
Sudan
5,49918931475.7%1,7118631.1%3,47463.2%
Swaziland
2951301.0%201368.1%9130.9%
Tanzania
50902104.1%183036.0%30559.9%
Togo
45271302.9%236652.2%20344.9%
Tunisia
1,08704904.5%968389.1%706.4%
Uganda
52215000.0%82015.7%44084.3%
Western Sahara
901011.1%6066.7%222.2%
Zambia
1,0890700.6%912083.8%17015.6%
Zimbabwe
22216401.8%29013.1%18985.1%
Chad
820176608.1%5902872.0%16420.0%

Covid-19 Map In Africa

Experts have worried about COVID-19 spreading to Africa, because many of the healthcare systems on the continent are inadequate, having problems such as lack of equipment, lack of funding, insufficient training of healthcare workers, and inefficient data transmission. It was feared that the pandemic could be difficult to keep under control in Africa, and could cause huge economic problems if it spread widely.

Matshidiso Moeti of the World Health Organization said that hand washing and physical distancing could be challenging in some places in Africa. Lockdowns may not be possible, and challenges may be exacerbated by the prevalence of diseases such as malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, and cholera.

The World Health Organization helped many countries on the continent set up laboratories for COVID-19 testing. Many preventive measures have been implemented in different countries in Africa, including travel restrictions, flight cancellations, event cancellations, school closures, and border closures. Experts say that experience battling Ebola helped some countries prepare for COVID-19.