Average daily cases of coronavirus in Africa fell to 10 300 last week, down from 11 000 the week before which is a “hopeful sign” for the continent’s fight against the disease, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Africa had recorded 1 147 369 cases as of Thursday morning, about half of which were in South Africa, which has the fifth-highest total globally. South Africa has though seen its number of daily confirmed cases fall from a peak of over 12 000 to an average of 5 000, driving the drop in the continent-wide average but countries in West and Central Africa are showing “similar trends”. The CDC head also said that Africa had crossed the threshold of 10 million Covid-19 tests, suggesting that some progress has been made in addressing the continent’s considerable testing limitations.