The head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Covid-19 fatality rate on the continent “is becoming very troubling” as it creeps higher than the global rate.
John Nkengasong told reporters in Addis Ababa that the fatality rate on the 54-nation continent is now 2.6%, while the global rate is 2.2%.
Twenty African countries including South Africa and Sudan have rates higher than the global average as a resurgence of cases in parts of the continent has a far deadlier toll than the initial wave of infections last year.
Africa’s confirmed deaths in the pandemic are approaching 100,000, with more than 3.6 million cases overall.
As Covid-19 vaccines finally begin to arrive on the continent, Nkengasong said 16 countries have put in requests for a total of 114 million doses of the 270 million doses the African Union has secured from various sources.