People affected by the coronavirus economic downturn line up to receive food donations in South Africa [File: Themba Hadebe/AP]
A million people across Africa have now been confirmed to have had the new coronavirus, as health experts warn the peak of the pandemic has yet to hit the continent.
The sombre milestone, reported on Thursday, came more than five months after Egypt reported the continent’s first confirmed case of coronavirus on February 14.
More than 21,000 people have so far died across Africa from the COVID-19 disease, while over 670,000 have recovered.
Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced alarm at the “acceleration” of the disease in Africa, which until recently had remained relatively unscathed by the pandemic compared with the rest