Africa; More than 100 thousand deaths due to COVID-19

UMMATIMES - Africa has reached 100,000 confirmed deaths one year since the continent's first confirmed case of the coronavirus, namely in Egypt on February 14, 2020. However, there are many people across Africa who have died from COVID-19, even though it is not covered by official data . As most countries in Africa lack the means to track death data, it is unclear how many other unrecorded deaths have occurred on the continent since the pandemic broke out.

"I thought it was really incredible and terrifying," said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If a vaccine is available, the continent should be able to vaccinate 35 percent to 40 percent of its population before 2021 ends and 60 percent by the end of 2022. said John Nkengasong.

Last year health officials could breathe a sigh of relief, because Africa did not see a large number of deaths from COVID-19, but currently there is a jump in the death toll from COVID-19 to 100,000.

Deaths from COVID-19 increased by 40 percent in Africa last month compared with the previous month. This means more than 22 thousand people died in the last four weeks. said Matshidiso Moeti, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region, last week.