Coronavirus (COVID-19) World

Tue 02 June 2020:

Africa’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 150,000 while the World Health Organization says the continent of 1.3 billion people is still the region least affected.

Concerns remain high as some of Africa’s 54 countries struggle with when to reopen schools and parts of their economies.

Rwanda, the first nation in sub-Saharan Africa to impose a lockdown, this week slowed the easing of it after reporting its first COVID19 death.

According to the latest data, 5,343 new cases raised the total to 152,442, while the death toll increased by 116 to reach 4,344.

Recoveries rose by 1,853 to 63,661, bringing the total active cases on the continent to 84,437, the Africa CDC said.

With 34,400, South Africa has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases on the continent, but it has started easing restrictions by opening businesses and allowing other activities.

It is followed by Egypt, which has 26,400 cases and the highest death toll of 1,000, ahead of South Africa’s 705.

North Africa continues to be the continent’s hardest-hit region with 45,500 cases, followed by Southern Africa with 36,700, West Africa 36,000, East Africa 17,700, and Central Africa with 16,500.

At least 1,900 deaths have been reported in North Africa, 731 in West Africa, 730 in Southern Africa, 532 in East Africa, and 401 in Central Africa.

Senegal postpones school restart after teachers test positive for COVID-19

Senegal has postponed the restart of schools until further notice after several teachers tested positive for the new coronavirus, the education ministry said.

Schools were scheduled to gradually resume on Tuesday, after weeks of shutdown due to the pandemic. Senegal has recorded 3,739 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the outbreak, with 43 deaths.

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