While each death is reported with a sombre mood and with condolences to affected families, some of the casualties have united a country in grief, in other cases united the continent and people beyond Africa’s borders.
Nigeria’s COVID-19 stats per John Hopkins Uni tallies as of June 24, 2020 were:
Confirmed cases = 22,020
Active cases = 13,865
Recoveries = 7,613
Number of deaths = 542
June 21: Veteran AP video, photo-journalist in Congo dies of COVID-19
John Bompengo, who covered Congo’s political turmoil as a freelance photographer and video journalist for The Associated Press over the course of 16 years has died, relatives said Sunday.
Somalia COVID-19 stats: May 11 at 7:00 GMT:
Confirmed cases = 1054
Number of deaths = 51
Recoveries = 118
May 2: Nigerien minister succumbs to virus
Coronavirus caused the death of Niger’s minister of employment and labour, Mohamed Ben Omar, public television announced Monday after several media outlets had linked his death to the virus.
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April 28: Revered Kenyan Bishop dies in Italy
Media in Kenya earlier this week reported the death of a former Catholic Bishop who died of COVID-19 in the Italian city of Turin.
Major African stats: May 1 at 7:00 GMT:
Confirmed cases = 38,825
Number of deaths = 1,634
Recoveries = 12,543
Infected countries = 51
Virus-free countries = 1 (Lesotho)
April 18: Sékou Kourouma: Guinea’s chief of staff succumbs
Guinea recorded a second high-profile death from COVID-19 within a 24-hour period after that of elections body head Amadou Salif Kebe was announced on Friday, April 17.