Coronavirus: Africa records 17 deaths in 24 hours according to WHO

Coronavirus: Africa records 17 deaths in 24 hours according to WHO

- The WHO says 17 deaths were recorded as a result of the coronavirus in Africa within the period of 24 hours

- The organisation also confirmed that 33 countries in Africa have now recorded cases of coronavirus as Gambia and Mauritius reported their first

- Egypt tops the coronavirus index chart in Africa with 210 cases, followed by South Africa with 150 and Algeria with 75

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Amid the mounting coronavirus scare, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that not less than 17 casualties were recorded within the period of 24 hours in Africa.

WHO made this known on Wednesday, 18 March as it was officially confirmed that 33 countries in Africa have recorded cases of coronavirus, Premium Times reports.

Since its outbreak in China, not less than 220 229 cases have been recorded globally with the death toll as a result of the disease tragically standing on a figure of 8 982.

According to Worldometers, 176 countries and territories around the world have been hit with the deadly virus, with 633 confirmed cases officially in Africa.

Within 24 hours, Gambia, Mauritius and Zambia have recorded their first cases, with Egypt still topping the index chat at 210.

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As the virus bites hardest in Africa, lives have been put on the red line after South Africa confirmed 150 cases, while Algeria has 75 confirmed cases.

Globally, China, where the disease originated, is still topping the casualty chart with 80 500 infected people and over 3 000 deaths, though recently the country has recorded fewer cases due to preventive measure taken.

In Europe, Italy's over-60 million population is being threatened as cases are daily recorded together with casualties.

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