Outbreak Brief 30: COVID-19 Pandemic – 11 August 2020

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Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (4 August 2020), 1,798,419 new confirmed1 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 41,329 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 19,727,117 COVID-19 cases and 721,340 (CFR: 4%) related deaths have been reported from 215 countries and territories. 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 1,489,423 (8%), European Region 3,582,911 (18%), Region of the Americas 10,590,929 (54%), South-East Asia Region 2,632,773 (13%) and Western Pacific Region 371,362 (2%). 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 11 August 2020, a total of 1,055,964 COVID-19 cases and 23,582 deaths (CFR: 2%) have been reported in 55 African countries. This is 5% of all cases reported globally. Since the last brief, 87,944 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, which is an increase of 9% compared to the 4 August 2020 report. The proportion of new COVID-19 cases reported by region is as follows: Southern region 59% (51,768), Northern region 16% (14,459), Eastern region 12% (10,730), Western region 11% (9,689), and Central region 2% (1,298). Six countries account for 80% of the new COVID-19 cases reported since the last brief: South Africa (53%), Morocco (9%), Kenya (5%), Ethiopia (5%), Algeria (4%), and Ghana (4%) . South Africa (970), Djibouti (535), Cabo Verde (481), Sao Tome and Principe (439), and Gabon (381) are reporting the most cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 in Africa. Twelve countries are reporting case fatality rates comparable to or higher than the global case fatality rate of 4%. These are: Sahrawi Arab Democractic Republic (14%), Chad (8%), Sudan (7%), Liberia (6%), Niger (6%), Egypt (5%), Mali (5%), Burkina Faso (5%), Angola (5%), Algeria (4%), Sierra Leone (4%) and Tanzania (4%).

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