The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 98,000 people have died from COVID-19 on the continent since the outbreak of the viral infection in December 2019.
According to the Africa CDC in its latest update on Sunday, the continent has now recorded 3,740,297 COVID-19 cases, with 98,187 fatalities.
The African Union health agency notes that out of the over 3.7 million cases that had been recorded on the continent so far, 3,280,893 recoveries had been reported.
In the Africa CDC latest report, the Central African region has recorded 94,248 cases; 1,661 deaths and 79,017 recoveries while Cameroon has the highest figures from the region with 31,394 cases; 474 deaths 29,501 recoveries.
East Africa, according to the report, recorded 378,089 cases; 7,133 deaths and 302,672 recoveries; with Ethiopia leading the region with 145,704 cases; 2,181 deaths and 128,019 recoveries.
In Northern Africa, there are now 1,128,149 cases; 31,289 deaths and 976,006 recoveries. Morocco has the highest figures from the region, recording 478,135; 8,460 deaths and 458,504 recoveries.
South Africa is still leading countries in the Southern African region with 1,490,063 cases; 47,821 deaths and 1,385,996 recoveries as the region recorded 1,779,340 cases; 53,555 deaths and 1,612,316 recoveries.
The Africa CDC report shows that Nigeria has the highest figures in the West African region with 145,664 cases; 1,747 deaths and 120,399 recoveries. The region now has 360,471 cases; 4,549 deaths and 310,882 recoveries.
Deaths from COVID-19 in Africa surged by 40 per cent over the last month, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said, “Over 22,300 deaths were reported in Africa in the last 28 days, compared with nearly 16,000 deaths in the previous 28 days.
“The continent is expected to reach 100,000 deaths in the coming days.
“The increasing deaths from COVID-19 we are seeing are tragic, but are also disturbing warning signs that health workers and health systems in Africa are dangerously overstretched.”
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