Covid-19 cases exceed more than 2.5 million in Africa, South Africa remains worse affected

Countries such as DR Congo, Nigeria, Mauritania, Ghana and Ivory Coast have seen a sharp rise in cases.

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The number of coronavirus cases in Africa crossed 2.5 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as a second wave of Covid-19 infections have hit the continent. Countries such as DR Congo, Nigeria, Mauritania, Ghana and Ivory Coast have seen a sharp rise in cases.

Quick measures including travel restrictions and border closures enabled countries in Africa to limit the spread when first cases were reported in March. But the economic impact of the measures prompted governments to ease them.As people have somewhat relaxed their guards, infections have spiked. Africa has reported about 454,000 new cases in the past 30 days, nearly 18% of its reported total of 2.5 million cases.South Africa remains the worst-affected African country with 912,477 cases and 24,539 deaths. The country has seen a sharp spike in infections since the start of December.

Elsewhere, in Thailand, thousands of people lined up for coronavirus tests in a province near Bangkok on Sunday, as authorities scrambled to contain an outbreak that has infected nearly 700 people. Lines of mainly migrant workers stretched for around 100 metres in one location alone in Mahachai in Samut Sakhon province, as health officials in mobile units methodically took nasal swabs.The US added a record of nearly a quarter million coronavirus cases in one day. Along with 249,709 new cases, there were an additional 2,814 reported deaths nationwide in the past 24 hours.

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