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More than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak appears to have reached almost every nation on the continent of 1.2 billion people.

Of Africa’s 54 countries, only one has yet to report a case of the virus: Lesotho.

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On May 3, Tanzania recorded 480 cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths but unlike most other African countries, Dar es Salaam sometimes goes for days without offering updates, with the last bulletin on cases on Wednesday.

The coronavirus outbreak grew in Burkina Faso, which as of Sunday, had recorded 652 cases and 44 deaths from COVID-19.

As of May 2, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 1,754, with fatalities including the former President of the Republic of the Congo Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango and Somalia’s former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein. There are 42,713 confirmed infections and 14,152 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

On May 1, South Africa began easing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to Level 4, which means that businesses can now resume limited operations and people can leave their homes for exercise between 6am and 9am (04:00-06:00 GMT).

A night curfew from 8pm until 5am (18:00 -03:00 GMT) is still in place.

Rwanda has also announced a partial lifting of coronavirus restrictions and said it will allow some people to return to work on May 4 in a bid to revive the economy.

“Public and private businesses will resume work with essential staff while other employees continue working from home. The manufacturing and construction sectors will open with essential workers,” said a communique issued by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente after a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

“Markets will open for essential vendors not exceeding 50 percent of registered traders. Hotels and restaurants will open and close by 7 pm, but meetings in public spaces and mass gatherings are prohibited,” it said.

Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many African countries could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe outbreak of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

Below is an interactive map tracking all the corona virus cases in Africa.

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