The African continent adds 3 thousand deaths from coronaviruses and 100 thousand 114 infections, of which 38 thousand 599 are recovered patients

The African countries this Friday they overcame the barrier of 100 thousand cases of COVID-19 and the 3 thousand deaths, although only six countries (South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria and Ghana) have more than 5 thousand infected.

The African continent registers 100 thousand 114 cases, of which 38 thousand 599 are recovered patients, according to the latest figures compiled this Friday, from government statements and data from the World Health Organization (who) and of the Johns Hopkins University (USA), specialized in this statistic.

The continent has needed 15 days to double its numbers – a growth rate lower than that observed in other regions – and it has 3,777 deaths and a 3.1 percent fatality rate, for the moment.

South Africa It is the country most affected by the pandemic, with 19,137 cases, 369 deaths and 8,950 patients discharged, and projections by its health authorities anticipated on Thursday that, in the most pessimistic scenario, the coronavirus will have caused here to november about 50 thousand deaths and about 3.6 million contagions detected.

Behind this southern country, the new coronavirus hits mainly the countries of the north of the continent.

Egypt It is the second country with the most cases, but it is the one with the most fatalities due to COVID-19 in Africa (15 thousand 3 positives and 696 deaths).

They are followed by Algeria (7,728 cases and 575 deaths), Morocco (7,121 cases and 196 deaths) and, in the sub-Saharan region, the populous Nigeria (7,116 cases and 211 deaths).

On the positive side, Eritrea, Seychelles and Mauritius they do not have an active case.

The figures for Africa, while continuing to rise, are still far from the havoc endured by many countries in Europe, although the WHO continues to call for caution and respect for health measures.

The rapid reaction of most countries on the continent – aware of their vulnerable health systems – was cause for international praise.

With very few infections, countries like Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana or Kenya chose to take drastic measures such as curfews, border closings or general confinements.

Since the beginning of May, however, places such as South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Djibouti have already begun to lift some restrictions.

Others like Tanzania, in which its president, John Magufuli, insists that praying is managing to defeat the virus, has fully opened its borders to tourism this week and will resume sporting events on June 1.

In its latest report on the situation, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) explained that a total confinement of one month in Africa would cost the continent 2.5 percent of its annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

World Health Organization (who) estimates that 83,000 to 190,000 Africans could die from COVID-19, and as many as 44 million could become infected across the continent if pandemic containment measures fail.

The recipe of the agency of the Un To avoid this catastrophe, it is clear: “test, trace, isolate and treat” citizens, something for which the different African countries have very different capacities.

With information from EFE