Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was first detected in the WHO African Region in Algeria on 25 February 2020, the outbreak continues to progress with rising incidence cases and associated deaths. Since our last situation report on 10 June 2020 (External Situation Report 15), an additional 42 173 new confirmed COVID-19 cases (a 30% increase) were reported from 42 countries. Of the 42 173 reported new cases in the region, South Africa contributed more than half, 55% (23 343), of the cases. During this period, five countries in the region observed the highest percentage increase in cases: Eritrea 195% (from 41 to 121 cases), Mauritania 62% (from 1 162 to 1 887 cases), Benin 57% (from 339 to 532 cases), Ethiopia 55% (from 2 336 to 3 630 cases) and Angola 50% (from 96 to 142 cases).
Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho and Mauritius have reported zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 70, 26, 15 and 12 days, respectively and therefore did not record any new cases this reporting period. Eritrea reported 24 new confirmed cases after eight days of zero reporting. These were among returnees who had completed their quarantine period at Adibara quarantine entre. Seventy-three new health worker infections were recorded from six countries, including Cameroon (32), Sierra Leone (22), Malawi (8), South Sudan (4), Uganda (4) and Senegal (3). The region has registered 14 424 new recoveries in this reporting period.