Outbreak Brief 22: COVID-19 Pandemic – 16 June 2020

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Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (9 June 2020), 813,112 new confirmed1 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 30,776 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 7,833,243 COVID-19 cases and 431,795 (CFR: 5.5%) related deaths have been reported from 215 countries and territories. No new country or territory is reporting cases or deaths for the first time this week. The distribution of cumulative cases (proportion of global cases %) from the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting regions (excluding Africa) are as follows: Eastern Mediterranean Region 709,015 (9%), European Region 2,416,919 (30%), Region of the Americas 3,781,538 (48%), South-East Asia Region 471,392 (6%) and Western Pacific Region 199,736 (3%). For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa, refer to the WHO daily situation reports2.

As of 9 am EAT 16 June 2020, a total of 251,866 COVID-19 cases and 6,769 (CFR: 2.7%) deaths have been reported in 54 African countries. This is about 3.2% of all cases reported globally. Since the last brief (9 June 2020), 55,612 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, which is a 27% increase in new cases reported compared to what was reported in the previous week (2-9 June 2020). The proportion of new COVID-19 cases reported by region is as follows: Southern region 42% (23,481), Northern region 24% (13,354), Western region 18% (9,749), Eastern region 8% (4,613), and Central region 8% (4,415). Five countries account for 63% of the new COVID-19 cases reported since the last brief: Cameroon (3%), Egypt (16%), Ghana (4%), Nigeria (6%), and South Africa (34%). Djibouti (456), Sao Tome and Principe (302), Gabon (181), Cabo Verde (137) and South Africa (124) are the five reporting the most cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 in Africa. Seven countries are reporting case fatality rates comparable to or higher than the global case fatality rate of 5.5%. These are: Liberia (6.6%), Chad (8.6%), Algeria (7.0%), Niger (6.7%), Burkina Faso (5.9%), Sudan (6.3) and Mali (5.6).

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