Apr 24, 2020, 12:15 PM
It is clear that the ways we travel, and use transport, will not be the same after the coronavirus outbreak as they were before.
The continent-wide daily average was 10,300 last week, down from 11,000 the week before.
The director of Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, said it was a "sign of hope".
Africa has recorded 1,147,369 cases, more than half of which are in South Africa, and about 26,000 deaths.
Dr Nkengasong said he was hopeful "that we are beginning to bend the curve slowly" but added that "it's very, very early - we are dealing with a very delicate virus that spreads rapidly".
"We take this news with cautious optimism," he said, explaining that he didn't want people to get complacent and stop trying to prevent the spread of the virus.
"We really want our population not to show what we call 'prevention fatigue', where we slow down on the measures that we are putting in place."
He urged people to continue their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, specifically saying that people need to continue to wear masks, to maintain social distance and that more testing is needed.
Dr Nkengasong also said that more than one million tests had been conducted across the continent, with South Africa being one of the main countries to test people.
Recorded cases and deaths are relatively low compared to other parts of the word such as parts of Europe, Latin America and the US, which has more than 5,500,000 cases alone, but some experts warn that there may be many more cases than are recorded in Africa because of the lack of testing.
The spread of the virus appeared to be relatively slow in Africa in the early stages of the pandemic but the recorded rate of infection gradually accelerated, especially in South Africa.
South Africa has 596,060 cases of coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That is more than half the cases across Africa and the fifth-most cases in the world.
The next African country to feature on the list is Egypt, in 31st place in the world with 96,914 cases.
A Guest Editorial
Mr. President, it is very sad that the Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the Gambia when countries are relaxing on the control measures and lockdowns.
The past few days have been very alarming for many, with the surge in the daily positive cases of Coronavirus in the country. The recent discovery of new positive cases reminds us that more work is still need in the containment of this deadly virus.
Maternal mortality is becoming a major problem in The Gambia these days. The rate at which our young pregnant mothers are dying calls for quick and urgent response to halt the situation. Until appropriate and urgent actions are taken, the alarming rate of maternal mortality will always be a talking point in the coming years.