African countries ban large gatherrings: Above Ethiopian health workers screen for coronavirus at the international airport in Addis Ababa

About 44 African countries have banned mass gatherings, closed public spaces and educational institutions.

This is according to a tally by the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

The measures, it said, were taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across the continent.

In its latest update on COVID-19 issued on Saturday, Africa CDC said 12 African countries have put in place “national lockdown measures, restricting non-essential movement.


Twelve other countries have put in place “partial lockdown,” which imposed restriction of non-essential movements within an area.

Africa CDC said some 17 countries imposed “night-time curfews,” with seven imposing curfews only, while ten included lockdowns.

The Africa CDC also disclosed that the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa has reached 313, while positives cases have surpassed 7,741.

North Africa is the most affected in terms of positive COVID-19 cases, as well as death toll.

The region has 3,280 positive COVID-19 cases as well as 217 deaths.

Southern Africa is the second highly affected in the continent. It has 1,601 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while West Africa has 1,439.

Some 640 people who were infected with the COVID-19 in Africa have recovered, Africa CDC said.