Africa COVID-19 death toll tops 200,000

MENA , Wednesday 8 Sep 2021

A total of 200,254 fatalities have been registered in Africa, home to more than 1.3 billion people, since the virus emerged in China in December 2019

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file photo:South Africa has been the continent's hardest hit country.AFP

More than 200,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Africa since the start of the pandemic, eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) reported.

 A total of 200,254 fatalities have been registered in Africa, home to more than 1.3 billion people, since the virus emerged in China in December 2019.

After several deadly months, including some 27,000 deaths in July and 26,000 in August, the pandemic appears to be easing on the continent, with current daily figures of 617 compared to up to 990 in late July, a record for the region.

The figures are based on tolls communicated daily day by health authorities in each country or by the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) and include the countries of North Africa.

The WHO has said that if excess deaths directly or indirectly linked to Covid are taken into account, the real toll could be double or triple.

The total number of infections is also likely to be an underestimate, given insufficient testing capacity in Africa.

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