All countries in Southern and Eastern Africa regions, except Comoros and Lesotho, have confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.
South Africa, the first country in the region to report a positive case on 5 March, has recorded 3,953 COVID-19 infections so far.
Somalia's fast surge in COVID-19 cases raises alarm, as the country's weak health system lacks capacity to respond. Djibouti cases are also increasing, with nearly 1,000 so far.
With the number of cases growing faster, most countries are extending or reinforcing containment measures amidst concerns of impact on economy and increased humanitarian needs.
Resources are urgently needed to scale-up the life-saving response and common services for the outbreak.
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