Africa’s COVID-19 cases top 336,000: Africa CDC

A volunteer receives an injection from a medical worker during the country’s first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus, at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have surpassed 336,000 after more than 11,000 new infections were confirmed as of Thursday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC released the figures in its latest statement on Thursday afternoon, showing a steady rise in the continent’s cases.

The continental disease control and prevention agency also disclosed that the death toll from the pandemic also rose from 8,618 on Wednesday afternoon to 8,856 as of Thursday afternoon.

The Africa CDC, which noted that the virus had spread into 54 African countries, said that some 160,833 people who were infected with COVID-19 had recovered across the continent as of the stated period.

The Africa CDC also said that the Southern Africa region is now the most affected area across the continent in terms of positive COVID-19 cases, overtaking the Northern Africa region.

Western Africa region is the third most affected area in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases.

Earlier this month, the Africa CDC revealed that some 43 African countries are under full border closure due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, according to the Africa CDC.

In addition to the 43 countries under full border closure, night-time curfew has been activated across 35 countries in an effort to halt the spread of the infectious virus.