Africa is now edging towards a million cases of coronavirus, but experts warn far worse lies ahead in a continent struggling with fragile health systems and slender economic resources.
Countries across Africa have recorded more than 850 000 infections and at least 18 000 deaths, according to an AFP tally as of Tuesday.
The toll took a while to move into higher gear thanks to early restrictions on contact and movement, Dr Mary Stephens, an expert at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa office, told AFP.
“We haven’t seen the peak yet,” she warned. “All countries in Africa are at risk because our health systems are relatively weak.”
Here is an overview of key countries:
The continent’s most industrialised economy has notched up more than 450 000 infections – the highest number in Africa and the fifth biggest in the world.
It has recorded more than 7 000 deaths, although there is concern that fatalities are being under-reported.