Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 1.51 mln as recoveries pass 1.25 mln


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  • Tuesday, 06 Oct 2020

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Africa reached 1,513,858 as of Monday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll due to illnesses related to COVID-19 in Africa has reached 36,789 as of Monday.

The continental disease control and prevention agency also said the number of people who have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent reached 1,250,094 so far.

Amid the uneven impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on African countries, the Africa CDC said that the most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria, respectively.

The Southern Africa region is the most COVID-19 affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths, it was noted.

The Northern Africa region is the second most COVID-19-affected African region, it was noted.

So far, only three African countries have confirmed COVID-19 cases in excess of 100,000 that are Southern Africa, Morocco and Egypt, it was noted.

South Africa currently has the most COVID-19 cases, which hit 681,289. The country also has the highest number of deaths related to COVID-19, at 16,976, according to the Africa CDC.

Morocco comes next in terms of the number of confirmed cases, with 133,272 confirmed cases. The Northern African country has 2,330 deaths, it was noted.

Egypt is the third-most affected African country in terms of the number of cases, with 103,683 confirmed cases. The country has 5,981 deaths, it was noted.

Ethiopia, which is East Africa's most COVID-19 affected country in terms of the number of cases, is the fourth-most affected African country with 78,819. The East African country has also reported 1,222 deaths due to COVID-19.

The continent's total COVID-19 cases represent about 4.4 percent of the global tally, according to the Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC also said 12 African countries are reporting COVID-19 related fatality rates higher than the global case fatality rate of three percent.

These African countries include Chad, Liberia, Niger, Egypt, Mali, Angola, Algeria and Sudan.

The Africa CDC also stressed that the average continental fatality rate is currently around 2.4 percent.

The African continent also accounts for about 3.6 percent of the total COVID-19 related deaths reported globally, according to the Africa CDC.

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