Fifty-five Africa Union Member States have reported over 1.2 million cases and 28 thousand deaths, giving a case fatality rate of 2.4%.
This accounts for 5% of the cases and 3% of the deaths being reported globally.
The Director, Africa CDC , Dr John Nkengasong, who stated this during this the centre’s weekly briefing on COVID-19 said a total of 11.4 million tests have been reported by Member States with an overall test per confirmed case ratio of 9.5.
According to him” As of 9am Eastern Africa Time today, the number of cases globally has risen to over 23.7 million and over 815 thousand deaths. ”
“Africa Union Member States have reported over 1.2 million cases and 28 thousand deaths, giving a case fatality rate of 2.4%. This accounts for 5% of the cases and 3% of the deaths being reported globally.” Dr Nkengasong said.
“11 countries contribute 80% of these tests – South Africa, Morocco, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Mauritius, and Cameroon.”
He said with Africa surpassing the testing target of 10 million a new Clinical trials testing target had been set.
“As of 23 August 2020, a total of 84 interventional clinical drug trials, including 4 multicentric trials, have been registered in Africa.”
According to him” As of 20 August 2020, the WHO landscape of COVID-19 vaccines reports that 30 vaccine candidates are at the clinical evaluation stage and 139 candidates at the preclinical stage.”
Dr Anne-Marie Antchouey, Director General, Ministry of Health, Gabon during her presentation said the contact tracing are working.
“The efforts put in place are working,masking, physical distancing and contact tracing .”
As of today Gabon has recorded 8,468 cases, 53 deaths and 7,066 recoveries.