Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass 3.2 mln: Africa CDC

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- COVID-19 cases on the African continent amounted to 3,207,639 as of Saturday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency's Africa COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 77,684 as of Saturday with 2,617,110 recoveries.

The Southern African region is the hardest-hit area in Africa in terms of the number of cases, followed by the Northern African region, according to the Africa CDC.

The five highly-affected African countries include South Africa with 1,311,686 cases, Morocco with 457,625 cases, Tunisia with 175,065 cases, Egypt with 154,620 cases, as well as Ethiopia with 130,326 cases.

South Africa is also the highest-affected African country in terms of COVID-19-inflicted deaths, with 36,467 deaths.

Amid the recent spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the African continent has announced that Africa CDC's African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) had secured a provisional 270 million vaccine doses for member states.

"From the onset of this pandemic, our focus as a continent has been on collaboration and collective effort. We have held steadfastly to the principle that no country should be left behind," South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), was quoted as saying in a statement.

"With this in mind, we have not only campaigned vigorously for changes through all the available international forums, but we have taken the additional step to independently secure vaccines using our own limited resources as member states," said Ramaphosa on Wednesday at a special meeting of the AU Bureau of the Assembly.

At least 50 million doses from this tranche will be available during the crucial period of April through June of this year, according to the statement issued by the South African president's Office.

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