More than 54,000 people have died from COVID-19 in African countries since the outbreak of the viral infection, says the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the Africa CDC in its latest update on Wednesday, the continent has now recorded 2,284,907 cases with 54,503 fatalities.
The African Union health agency notes that out of the over 2.2 million cases that had been recorded on the continent so far, 1,961,471 recoveries had been reported.
In the Africa CDC latest report, the Central African region has 67,097 cases, 1,209 deaths and 61,290 recoveries; while Cameroon has the highest figures with 24,752 cases; 443 deaths and 22,177 recoveries.
East Africa, according to the report, recorded 285,971 cases; 5,407 deaths and 212,062 recoveries; with Ethiopia leading the region with 114,266 cases; 1,766 deaths and 84,948 recoveries.
In Northern Africa, there are now 796,300 cases; 20,827 deaths and 651,148 recoveries; while Egypt has the highest figures of 119,281 cases; 6,813 deaths and 103,913 recoveries.
South Africa is still leading countries in the Southern African region with 821,889 cases; 22,432 deaths and 753,072 recoveries as the region recorded 922,938 cases; 24,131 deaths and 838,188 recoveries.
Nigeria maintains the highest figures in West African region with 70,195 cases; 1,182 deaths and 65,110 recoveries, as the region now has 212,601 cases; 2,929 deaths and 198,783 recoveries.
The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa had said its preliminary analysis suggested that over 80 percent of COVID-19 cases in African countries are asymptomatic.
The WHO-AFRO pointed out that studies are now underway to test if communities had antibodies for COVID-19.
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