Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases nearly 190,000: Africa CDC

Passengers wait with a certain distance from each other to buy bus tickets at a main bus station in Kigali, Rwanda, on June 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya)

The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across the African continent reached 189,434, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Monday.

The Africa CDC in its latest update said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases rose from 183,474 on Sunday afternoon to 189,434 as of Monday afternoon.

The death toll from the pandemic also rose from 5,041 as of Sunday afternoon to 5,175 as of Monday afternoon, according to the Africa CDC.

The continental disease control and prevention agency, which noted that the virus has so far spread into 54 African countries, also said that some 82,888 people who have been infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far.

Amid the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the African continent, the highly affected African countries include South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana as well as Morocco, it was noted.

The Africa CDC also disclosed that the Northern African region is the most affected area across the continent both in terms of positive COVID-19 cases, as well as the number of deaths.