Africa is seeing coronavirus cases rapidly increasing and deaths rising, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The upward trend in Africa is starting to resemble other parts of the world that have been badly hit by the coronavirus. Most African countries are now experiencing community transmission, according to the WHO.
This is when a person gets Covid-19 without having been in contact with a known case from abroad or a confirmed domestic case, which makes it hard for the authorities to track down the source of a local outbreak.
The two countries with the highest numbers of cases are South Africa and Egypt. They accounted for over 60% of all the new cases reported in late June.
South Africa has the highest recorded number of total cases, while Egypt has the largest number of recorded coronavirus deaths.
South Africa, which imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in late March, has seen cases rise steadily after this was relaxed in early May.
The Western Cape province (where Cape Town is located), accounts for nearly half of all cases in the country and more than half of the deaths. But cases are steadily rising in Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg.
Egypt has seen case numbers rising rapidly since mid-May, but there are indications that this may now have reached a peak with recorded new infections leveling off slightly in early July.
There is also concern about what is happening in Nigeria, which recorded the second-highest increase in deaths from Covid-19 after South Africa in the WHO report for 1 July.