COVID-19 Figures

We collect information from different sources and calculate the following indices:

  • African infections and deaths
  • Global infections and deaths

You can see the latest figures here. The final figures that we report on our website are estimates based on (1) records from at least 3 major institutions (2) our estimate of underreporting. Underestimation has been reported in African studies, for example, by Lawrence Mwananyanda with colleagues from University of Zambia, University Teaching Hospital Lusaka and Boston University who concluded that “Contrary to expectations, CV19+ deaths were common in Lusaka. The majority occurred in the community where testing capacity is lacking. Yet few who died at facilities were tested, despite presenting with typical symptoms of CV19. Therefore, CV19 cases were under reported because testing was rarely done, not because CV19 was rare. If our data are generalizable, the impact of CV19 in Africa has been vastly underestimated”.

COVID-19 References and Resources For africa

Below are some resources:

  1. Special journal issue on COVID published by the African Journal of Social Work (AJSW) available here:
  2. Underreporting of COVID-19 cases in Africa by Lawrence Mwananyanda and colleagues fUniversity of Zambia, University Teaching Hospital Lusaka and Boston University
  3. WHO Africa Region COVID-19 information
  4. Africa CDC – COVID-19 resources
  5. Finding the Balance: Public Health and Social Measures in Zambia
  6. COVID-19 Social Media Support Kit
  7. Africa’s response to COVID-19 (Ihekweazu, C., Agogo, E. Africa’s response to COVID-19. BMC Med 18, 151 (2020))
  8. COVID-19 and children social policy
  9. COVID-19 and disability in Ghana
  10. COVID-19 and tertiary education in South Africa
  11. Social work education and COVID-19 in South Africa
  12. Social working under COVID
  13. Lockdown and communities under COVID
  14. Mental health and COVID-19 in Nigeria
  15. Social protection and COVID-19 in Zimbabwe
  16. Social work education in Botswana amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Reflections, strategies and lessons
  17. Access to health information for persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya
  18. COVID-19: The prognosis for South Africa with respect to preparedness and the implications of the pandemic for social work
  19. The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Social Work Education and Practice
  20. COVID-19 pandemic and the informal sector in Zimbabwe
  21. Examining the robustness of Zimbabwean social protection mechanisms in the context of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  22. Socio-economic impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on the informal sector livelihoods in Zimbabwe
  23. COVID-19 induced online learning: the Zimbabwean experience
  24. Zimbabwe’s social policy response to COVID-19 and implications for social work
  25. Challenges for child welfare and development during the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe
  26. COVID-19 pandemic and the informal sector in Zimbabwe
  27. Remember Ebola: stop mass COVID deaths in Africa
  28. Research and Development Priorities for COVID-19 in Africa
  29. Colonialism and persistent systemic racism, in which many health inequities are rooted, continue to manifest in Africa in response to the COVID-19 global threat
  30. Just 4% of Covid research relevant to Africa: study
  31. Why lockdown in Africa doesn’t work as a first COVID-19 response
  32. Why Africa doesn’t have its own Covid-19 vaccine
  33. Reflections on the Impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s Higher Education and Research Sector
  34. Easing the lock but locking the vulnerable: a COVID-19 experience of the aged in Nigeria
  35. Information enclave and corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in remote areas – a case of Binga district, Zimbabwe