Outbreak Brief 57: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (9 February 2021), 2,933,430 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 84,107 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 108,758,490 COVID-19 cases and 2,396,826 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.2%) have been reported from 225 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 5,149,986 (5%), European Region 36,590,927 (34%), Region of the Americas 48,348,520 (44%), South-East Asia Region 13,347,801 (12%) and Western Pacific Region 1,537,649 (1%). Over the last seven days, the United States, Brazil, France, and Russia have reported more than 100k new cases. For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa, refer to the WHO daily situation reports.

As of 9 am East African Time (EAT) 16 February 2021, a total of 3,759,165 COVID-19 cases and 98,915 deaths (CFR: 2.6%) have been reported in 55 African Union (AU) Member States. This is 3.5% of all cases reported globally. The majority (84%) of Member States continue to report community transmission. Seven Member States reported the presence of the 501Y.V1 variant (lineage B.1.1.7): DR Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and The Gambia. Nine Member States have reported the presence of the 501Y.V2 variant (B.1.351): Botswana, Comoros, DR Congo, Ghana, Gambia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia Of the countries actively reporting COVID-19 epidemiologic data, 21 are reporting case fatality rates higher than the global case fatality rate of 2.2%: Sahrawi Republic (17.1%), Sudan (6.7%), Egypt (5.8%), Liberia (4.3%), Mali (4.2%), Zimbabwe (4.0%), Comoros (3.9%), Eswatini (3.8%), Niger (3.6%), Chad (3.6%),
Tunisia (3.4%), Malawi (3.3%), South Africa (3.2%), The Gambia (3.1%), Somalia (2.9%), DR Congo (2.8%), Algeria (2.7%), Mauritania (2.5%), Angola (2.4%), Senegal (2.4%), and Lesotho (2.3%).


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