The death toll in Africa from the coronavirus increased to 83 on Friday from 72 a day earlier, according to the African Center for Diseases Prevention and Control (CDC).
African CDC chief Paul Nkengasong said the pandemic in Africa was moving from “threat” to “disaster” as an increasing number on the 55-nation continent reports cases and deaths.
The CDC said over 16 African nations have confirmed deaths. The number of cases in Africa reached 3,243, CDC data shows.
The worst affected African countries include South Africa with 709, Egypt with 495, Algeria with 302 and Morocco with 275 cases.
It said 334 new cases have been confirmed, while 254 patients recovered in 14 countries.
The pandemic has now spread to 46 countries in Africa.
Last week, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom cautioned Africa to brace up for a worst-case scenario and get prepared to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China, in December, the virus has spread to at least 175 countries and regions, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
Data shows more than 537,000 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll surpassing 24,110 and with over 123,268.