Live statistics and coronavirus news tracking the number of confirmed cases, recovered patients, tests, and death toll due to the COVID-19 coronavirus Pandemic.

Protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions. Follow advice provided by your local public health agency.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Stay home if you feel unwell.
If you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call in advance.
Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Avoiding unneeded visits to medical facilities allows healthcare systems to operate more effectively, therefore protecting you and others.

Reported Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 210 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances. The day is reset after midnight GMT+0. The list of countries and territories and their continental regional classification is based on the United Nations Geoscheme. Sources are provided under “Latest Updates”.

COVID-19 Resources

The World Health Organization (WHO), Africa CDC and partners are scaling up preparedness efforts for COVID-19 in the African region to implement the recommendations of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee.

Corona viruses are a large group of viruses many of which cause no or minor illnesses, like the common cold. Some cause illness in people, and others only infect animals. Usually these infections do not cross over from animals to people.


On rare occasions, coronaviruses that infect animals “change” and develop the ability to infect people. This has occurred with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) where the causative viruses were probably initially infections of bats. The new (novel) corona virus was probably also an infection of bats but is now able to infect people. The new (novel) corona virus is officially called Coronavirus Disease-2019 or COVID-19 (because it was first detected in 2019).

COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, linked to a live animal market. This virus is now able to infect humans and can spread from person to person:


  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and are inhaled into the lungs of a person nearby.
  • Possibly through touching an infected person who has touched their own mouth and nose which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.


People are thought to be most contagious when they have symptoms and are sick. There is also evidence that spread might be possible when people are infected but before they become sick, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms include:


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


The symptoms may appear from 2−14 days (incubation period) after contact with an infected person and may range from mild to severe illness.

Testing is performed on a blood sample in specialised laboratories.  Currently, testing can be done in 16 laboratories in Africa including in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia. Soon, more laboratories in Africa will be able to test for the virus including in South Sudan, Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique.


A negative test result for a person with these symptoms means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness. There are no approved simple rapid tests for COVID-19 infection at present.

There are no specific drugs to treat COVID-19 infection. People who are sick should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

Fourteen (14) percent of confirmed cases are severe, with serious pneumonia and shortness of breath. Another 5% of patients develop respiratory failure and critical illness. About 2.3% of confirmed cases have resulted in death.


Therefore, the vast majority of confirmed cases have mild infection, with cold-like symptoms and mild pneumonia. It is not known why some people suffer more from the virus than others, but those who have developed serious illness tend to be those with underlying disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension or cancer.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The only way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Everyday preventive actions include:


  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then properly dispose of the tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands first with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Reduce handshaking (within cultural acceptability).


These precautions also apply to people travelling to other parts of their own country, or other countries.

Only wear a mask if you have symptoms of COVID-19 infection (coughing or sneezing) or are looking after someone who may have COVID-19, to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.


Disposable face masks can only be used once.


Remove the mask from behind (do not touch the front of mask) and discard it immediately in a closed bin. Remember to wash your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water.

Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not become sick. This is to prevent the possible spread of the disease.


The duration of quarantine is usually for the incubation period of the disease, that is, the time from contact with the infection to developing the sickness. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered at risk for spreading the virus to others.

People can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups, and how COVID-19 actually spreads, can help to stop stigma.

Paper bills can contain bacteria and viruses that can lead to the spread of disease. Wash your hands carefully after handling money. Better yet, use the various mobile and online banking solutions available to you.


And just as is the case with other activities, remember to wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer after bank transactions.

Various countries have put in place different measures for members of the public who develop the symptoms of the disease and those seeking further information.

Emergency AMREF Hotline Numbers

  • Algeria: 3030
  • Angola: 111
  • Republic of Benin: +229 95361104, +229 95361102
  • Botswana: +267 3632273, +267 3632756, +267 3632757, +267 3632206
  • Burkina Faso: +226 1608989, +226 52195394
  • Burundi: +257 61636399, +257 68768086, +257 79962944
  • Cameroon: 1510, +237 677899369, +237 677894364, +237 677897644, +237 677900157
  • Cape Verde: +238 8001112
  • Central African Republic: 1212 , +236 72287153, +236 75233390
  • Chad: 1313
  • Comoros: +269 4693641 (Ngazidja +269 4693643), (Moheli +269 4693642), (Ndzouani +269 4693644)
  • Côte d’Ivoire: 144, 143, 101
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: +243 854463582, +243 841363267
  • Djibouti: 1517
  • Egypt: 105
  • Equatorial Guinea: 1111
  • Eritrea:
  • Eswatini: 977
  • Ethiopia: 8335
  • Gabon: 1410
  • Gambia: 1025
  • Ghana: +233 509497700, +233 552222004, +233 552222005, +233 558439868
  • Guinea: +224 629995656
  • Guinea Bissau: 1919 (MTN), 2020 (Orange), +245 966050002 (COES)
  • Kenya: +254 800721316, +254 732353535, +254 729471414, 719, *719#
  • Lesotho: +266 58862893
  • Liberia: 4455
  • Libya: 191, 193, +218 214631808, +218 214631809, +218 214629191, +218 214631807, +218 921888999, +218 924555554, +218 926888999
  • Madagascar: 910
  • Malawi: +265 887371288
  • Mali: 36061
  • Mauritania: 1155
  • Mauritius: 8924
  • Morocco: +212 0801004747
  • Mozambique: 84146, 82149, 1490, 258, *660#
  • Namibia: 0800100100
  • Niger: 15
  • Nigeria: +234 80097000010
  • Republic of the Congo: 3434, +242 64787044, +242 6405396, +242 55115702
  • Rwanda: 114
  • Sahrawi Republic:
  • Sao Tome:
  • Senegal: +221 800005050
  • Seychelles: 141
  • Sierra Leone: 117
  • Somalia: 449
  • South Africa: 0800111131 (clinician hotline), 0800029999 (public hotline)
  • South Sudan: 6666
  • Sudan: 9090
  • Tanzania: 199
  • Togo: +228 22222073, +228 91674242
  • Tunisia: +216 80101919
  • Uganda: +256 800203033, +256 800100066
  • Zambia: Toll free 909, +260974493553, +260964638726, +260953898941
  • Zimbabwe: +263714734593, +263774112531

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