The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 has now killed over 58,000 people in the continent.
The health agency also noted that the number of infections recorded in the region is also now close to 2.5 million.
In its latest update on Sunday, the Africa CDC said the continent has now recorded 2,490,397 cases; 58,762 deaths and 2,094,336 recoveries.
Recall that the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa had on Thursday warned countries in the region against complacency in the fight against the pandemic as they prepare for the festive season.
According to the WHO AFRO, COVID-19 cases in the region have risen steadily over the past two months, underscoring the need for reinforced public health measures to avert a surge in infections, particularly as people gather or travel for end-of-year celebrations.
In the Africa CDC latest report, the Central African region has 70,511 cases; 1,247 deaths and 64,499 recoveries with Cameroon leading the region with 25,724 cases; 445 deaths and 23,851 recoveries.
According to the report, East Africa recorded 308,090 cases; 5,737 deaths and 238,523 with Ethiopia reporting the highest figures in the region with 119,494 cases; 1,846 deaths and 102,153 recoveries.
Northern Africa based on the latest update has reported 860,129 cases; 22,385 deaths and 704,663 recoveries while Egypt has the highest figures in the region with 124,891 cases; 7,069 deaths and 106,481 recoveries.
South Africa is still leading countries in the Southern African region with 912,477 cases; 24,539 deaths and 787,782 recoveries as the region reported 1,024,635 cases; 26,344 deaths and 880,565 recoveries.
West Africa, according to the Africa CDC report now has 227,032 cases; 3,049 deaths and 206,086 recoveries, while Nigeria is leading the region with 77,933 cases; 1,218 deaths and 67,784 recoveries.
Immunisation and Vaccine Development Programme Coordinator at WHOAFRO, Dr. Richard Mihigo, had at a press conference on Thursday disclosed that since mid-October, an average of 46,000 cases per week has been recorded in the 47 countries in the WHO AFRO compared with about 29,000 cases per week between early September and early October.
According to him, 10 countries in the region have reported the highest number of cases, accounting for 88 per cent of new cases in the past month while warning against complacency in the fight against the pandemic as the continent prepares for yuletide.
“Preventive measures must be tightened up to not only limit the risks of infections during the festive season but stand as permanent barriers against the spread of COVID-19. Complacency has no place in the fight against this pandemic”, Mihigo had warned.
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