Although the situation on the African continent is still far from that in Asia, Europe or the Americas, contagion has continued to increase during May. A continent, Africa, which has scarce resources and weak health systems in most of the countries that form it.
Infections by country
As of 29 May 2020, the countries with the most cases recorded are South Africa (27,403 cases), Algeria (8,997), Nigeria (8,915), Ghana (7,616) and Cameroon (5,436). However, if we look at the number of inhabitants, the countries with the most infections are Gabon (with 134 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), Equatorial Guinea (106), Cape Verde (79), Guinea Bissau (78), and South Africa (46).
The countries with the lowest number of infections to date are Seychelles (11), Namibia (23), Gambia (25), Botswana (35) and Eritrea (39). Again, looking at the number of infections per 100,000 population, the countries least affected by the pandemic to date would be Angola (0.3), Eritrea (0.59), Mozambique (0.83), Tanzania (0.85) and Ethiopia (0.86).
Deaths due to Covid-19
In terms of the lethality of the disease caused by the virus, the countries that have recorded the highest number of deaths to date are Algeria (630), South Africa (577), Nigeria (259), Cameroon (175) and DR Congo (69). Taking into account the number of inhabitants in each country, the countries where the virus has shown the highest mortality are Algeria (1.46 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants), Congo (0.98), Equatorial Guinea (0.98), Cape Verde (0.81) and Cameroon (0.79).
The countries that have fortunately recorded the lowest number of deaths are Eritrea (0 deaths), Uganda (0), Namibia (0), Rwanda (0) and Seychelles (0).