The number of coronavirus infections in Africa has reach 35,000 infections, while 1,500 people have since died from the virus-related causes across the continent, the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa branch said Tuesday.

South Africa accounts for the biggest number of infections (4,793) and 100 deaths. Algeria, meanwhile, has the biggest coronavirus death toll (442) and 3,555 infections. Egypt reported 340 fatalities and 4,782 cases, while Morocco identified 4,115 cases and 161 deaths, and Tunisia registered 949 cases and 38 fatalities.


In East Africa region, Somalia is leading the pack with 535 infections and 28 deaths, followed by Kenya 374 and 14 deaths, Tanzania 305 and 10 deaths, Rwanda 212 and 0 deaths, Uganda 79 and 0 deaths, Burundi 15, South Sudan 6 and zero deaths.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Cameroon is ranked second after South Africa with 1,621 coronavirus infections and 56 fatalities, followed by Ghana (1,550 and 11), Nigeria (1,337 and 40), Ivory Coast (1,164 and 14) and Djibouti (1,035 and 2).


Nigeria became the first African country to announce gradual easing of the lockdown measures in the most vastly populated regions of Abuja and Lagos from May 4th. The restrictions imposed on March 30 will start to be lifted in phases according to the presidential office, while the quarantine is substituted by a nationwide curfew effective between 20:00 and 06:00.


In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 by the WHO — have been reported in every corner of the globe.


On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 3,000,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 211,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 923,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.