With 490, 481 confirmed cases and 11, 613 deaths and 235,613 recoveries early this morning, experts claim confirmed cases of the Covid-19 will reach a milestone of 500,000 and 12,000 deaths today and go beyond.
South Africa leads the pack with 205,721 confirmed cases followed by Egypt with 76,22 and Nigeria at 29,288 early this morning.
Meanwhile, the continent currently accounts for only a small proportion of total global cases, but the acceleration in rates of infection in some countries is fast becoming worrisome.
Though it took nearly about 3months and 10 days for Africa to reach an initial 100,000 cases, it later took only 18 days for that to double to 200,000 and doubled again to 400,000 cases over the next 20 days.
It is shocking that the overall death rate has been low compared to the global average, despite the fact that many African countries lag behind in modern health infrastructures.
Ten countries account for about 80% of the total tests conducted in Africa. They are: South Africa, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mauritius, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda.
South Africa does the most testing and Nigeria struggling to do enough. 3,310 people have died of the disease in South Africa and 3,422 in Egypt.