Data & Charts

COVID-19 Africa Watch  is tracking the expansion of the virus across the continent, and we will update this page regularly with the latest case numbers. We will also investigate the emerging relationships between COVID-19 statistics and other indicators, such as health spending per capita, percent of the population over 65, and percent of the population living in cities.

We welcome additional insights and ideas for analysis from our readers. Please send us your ideas via this form.

Country Curves, Testing, and Global Comparisons

This dashboard from Our World in Data is set to show the ten African countries with the highest number of confirmed cases. Use the toolbar on the left to add additional countries and the various filters on top to change between confirmed cases, deaths, and testing data. The ‘Align Outbreaks’ tickbox is particularly interesting for putting the experience of African countries in a global context.

Timelapse and Africa Overview

This timelapse shows how the virus has spread in African countries, with a changing ranking based on the highest number of confirmed casees.

This graph shows cumulative totals of confirmed cases and COVID-19 deaths for Africa as a whole, as well as new cases and deaths per day over time.

Mapping COVID-19 in Africa

Confirmed Cases

Hover over the map below to see the latest case numbers for each country, as well as other data. The darker the red the higher the number of cases per million of population.

Updated daily with data from the EU Open Data Portal.


Hover over the map to see testing data for each country. The darker the blue the higher the number of tests per thousand people. As the map shows, testing figures are not available for a large number of African countries.

Updated daily with data from Our World in Data’s global testing database.

Impact Charts

Revised Growth Forecasts: COVID-19 to slow African GDP

Disclaimer: The data collected here are from sources external to COVID-19 Africa Watch and the Milken Institute. These sources may, at times, include errors or suffer from various limitations in terms of collection and standardization. National updates are published at different times of day and in different time zones, and so there may be discrepancies between official numbers posted elsewhere and the data available here. In general, we urge our readers to use appropriate caution when interpreting the data here and to be aware of the data’s limitations.