Over 36,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in African, with over 1,500 deaths recorded, as at Thursday, April 30, according to the World Health Organisation.
The international health agency also revealed that South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire are the most affected by COVID-19 in Africa (WHO African Region) in terms of the number of cases.
The seven listed countries account for 71% of the reported cases in the region.
In terms of casualty figure, Legit.ng in this piece highlights top African countries with the highest deaths so far, according to the data from WHO.
Note that the list also covers Egypt and other countries listed under WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region)
1. Algeria - 444 deaths
2. Egypt - 380 deaths
3. Morocco - 167 deaths
4. South Africa - 103 deaths
5. Cameroun - 59 deaths
6. Nigeria - 44 (latest data from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) puts the figure at 58)
7. Burkina Faso - 42
8. Tunisia - 40
9. Niger - 32
10. DRC - 31
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, confirmed the mass deaths reported in Kano state but maintained that they were not from COVID-19 as alleged in some quarters.
The monarch said in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday, April 26, that he was informed by the state’s Ministry of Health that the mass deaths were not as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emir Bayero prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and also prayed for the quick recovery of those infected with the deadly virus.
Legit.ng gathers that the emir further who was recently appointed urged Kano residents to abide by all the preventive measures announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other health authorities such as WHO.
The monarch also called on parents to ensure their children do not continue to play football on the streets in disregard for the state's directive on social distancing.
Emir Bayero also cautioned residents of the state against spreading fake news regarding the virus to avoid creating unnecessary panic.
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