Data disclaimer

The data report utilizes the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Visual Dashboard dataset that is operated by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (JHU CSSE). This dataset is updated daily and thus the numbers that are reported here may not reflect the latest case count in your country or region.

This report is intended for research purposes only. As is. The report is written and compiled by a group of virologist, epidemiologist and clinicians associated with the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in collaboration with other scientist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN CoV Big Data Consortium), the rest of South Africa and the African continent. This report is not intended for media publication, nor is it intended to serve as a source of information for the general public. It is strictly for educational, research and academic purposes. We urge members of the press and general public to heed the advise of the World Health Organization (WHO), the South African Department of Health (SA DoH) or the advise laid down by the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

This report will be updated regularly to keep track with the increasing numbers of cases. Please continue to visit the site to stay up to date with events as they unfold on the African continent.

Short epidemic update

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. Since January 2020, the virus has started to spread outside of China and as of the 25th of February 2020 new cases outside China exceeded new cases in mainland China. As of the writing of this report the global COVID-19 statistics is as follows:

DataType CaseCount
total cases 418678
new cases 40131
total deaths 18625
new deaths 2120

Africa has been relatively slow to report COVID-19 cases compared to other regions of the world. The first reported case on the continent was documented in Egypt on the 14th of February 2020. This case was linked to international travel of a Chinese national to Egypt 1. Algeria became the second country on the African continent to report a case of the virus on the 25th of February 2020. This case was also linked to international travel between Italy and Algeria 2.

However, the vast majority of cases on the continent have been reported since the start of the month of March 2020. As of the writing of this report the overall statistics for the African continent stands as follows:

DataType CaseCount
total cases 2077
new cases 404
total deaths 58
new deaths 6