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Coronavirus cases in Africa as of April 19, 2021, by country

Published by Saifaddin Galal,
As of April 19, 2021, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa amounted to 4,477,942 which represented around 3.14 percent of the infections around the world. By the same date, coronavirus cases globally were over 142.6 million, causing nearly 3.04 million deaths, while approximately 121.4 million people recovered from the disease. In the African continent, South Africa was the most drastically affected country, with more than 1.56 million infections.

The African continent fighting the pandemic

  The African continent first came in contact with the coronavirus pandemic on February 14, 2020, in the northernmost part, particularly Egypt. Since then, the different governments took severe restrictive measures to try to curb the spread of the disease. Moreover, the official numbers of the African continent are significantly lower than those of Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Nevertheless, the infectious disease still managed to have its effects on several countries. South Africa had the highest number of deaths. Morocco and Tunisia, the second and third most affected in Africa, recorded 8,927 and 9,553 deaths, respectively, while Egypt registered even a higher number at 12,611 as of April 15, 2021.  

The light at the end of the tunnel

  Although the African countries still have a long way to fully combat the virus, vaccination programs have been rolled out in the majority of Africa. Also, according to a survey, public opinion in several African countries shows a high willingness to be vaccinated, with Ethiopia having numbers as high as 94 percent. As of March 2021, Morocco was the country administering the highest number of vaccine doses, however, Seychelles had the highest per rate per 100 people .

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the African continent as of April 19, 2021, by country

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Release date

April 2021



Survey time period

April 20, 2021, 04:05 PM GMT

Supplementary notes

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

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