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May 19, 2020

Epidemiologist update: Cases surge in Africa, but WHO predicts lower death rate

By Citymetric Staff

An update from GlobalData Senior Epidemiologist Bishal Bhandari:

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 4,810,000, with over 319,000 deaths and 1,790,000 recoveries.

In Europe, the daily confirmed cases continue to decrease in most countries except Russia, which continues to experience an increase in cases. Brazil and the US account for most of the reported daily confirmed cases on their continents. 

There are ​approximately 85,000 confirmed cases and 3,000 Covid-19 deaths in Africa. Until recently, a low death toll had raised hopes that Africa may be spared the worst of this pandemic. ​A WHO model estimated that although cases might rise exponentially to at least a quarter of a billion people infected in Africa this year, countries in Africa will have fewer deaths than Europe and the US because of its younger population ​and lower comorbidity prevalence such as diabetes. ​However, the current reported death toll likely does not accurately reflect the true extent of the outbreak’s impact in Africa due to testing limitations.

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