The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent reached 644,205 as of Thursday morning, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
The Africa CDC in its latest situation update issued on Thursday said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the continent rose from 612,586 on Wednesday morning to 644,025 as of Thursday morning.
The continental disease control and prevention agency also disclosed that the death toll from the pandemic surged to 14,044 as of the stated period.
The Africa CDC further said that 334, 547 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have so far recovered from the infectious virus.
Amid the rapid spread of the virus across the continent, the highly affected African countries in terms of positive cases include South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Morocco, and Cameroon.
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, followed by the North Africa region.
The West Africa region is the third most affected area in terms of positive cases, followed by the Eastern and Central Africa regions, respectively.