Outbreak Brief 10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Outbreak Update: Globally, a total of 333,393 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases[1], and 14,508 (CFR 4%) related deaths have been reported to date. Since the last brief (17 March 2020), 165,803 new COVID-19 cases and 7,900  new deaths have been reported globally.  Thirty-five new countries and territories, including 13 African countries, are reporting cases[2], and 40 new countries, including nine African countries, are reporting deaths[3] for the first time.   The distribution of cumulative cases (proportion of global cases %) from the WHO reporting regions (excluding Africa) are as follows: Eastern Mediterranean Region 24,854 (7%), European Region 171,401 (51%), Region of the Americas 37,026 (11%), South-East Asia Region 1,775 (0.5%) Western Pacific Region 96,349 (29%). For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa, refer to the WHO daily situation reports.[4]

As of 24 March 2020, 1,988 total COVID-19 cases and 58 (CFR 3%) deaths  have been reported in 43 African countries. Africa CDC is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory, surveillance, and other response support where requested. See Table 1 for the full list of countries in Africa reporting cases, deaths, and those recovered.


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24 March 2020