Islam Times 18 Apr 2020 122020000000Sat, 18 Apr 2020 12:19:47 -0400 12:19 -------------------------------------------------- Title : Africa Deaths above 1,000, Including Nigerian Chief of Staff -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - Africa now has more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday, while Nigeria said the president's chief of staff had died. Text : A total of 52 of the continent s 54 countries have reported the coronavirus, with the overall number of cases more than 19,800. Nigeria s government said Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, died Friday of COVID-19. May God accept his soul, the statement said, AP reported. Kyari s case had been one of the highest-profile in Africa. Several government ministers and a US ambassador were infected with the virus earlier in Burkina Faso. The World Health Organization on Friday noted a 51% increase in cases in Africa and a 60% jump in deaths in the past week. But the WHO chief warned that because of a shortage of testing it s likely the real numbers are higher than reported. The Africa CDC has said more than 1 million test kits will be rolled out starting next week.