15 African countries have now exceeded 10,000 COVID-19 cases

FILE:On Friday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent exceeded the 1 million mark, reaching 1,007,366 confirmed cases as of Friday afternoon, according to the Africa CDC.PHOTO.AFRICACDC
15 countries in Africa now have more than 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within their borders, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (PHOTO via AFRICA CDC)

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Tuesday said some 15 African countries have so far reported more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases amid a major spike of new cases across the continent.

Noting that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa surged to 1,195,297 as the death toll from the pandemic rose to 27,984 as of Tuesday, the Africa CDC in a statement issued on Tuesday said that 15 African countries have reported positive COVID-19 cases of more than 10,000.

The Africa CDC noted that three African countries that are Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco have reported positive COVID-19 cases ranging within 50,001 to 100,000.

The Africa CDC also noted that three other African countries have reported COVID-19 cases ranging between 20,000 to 50,000. These African countries are Ethiopia, Kenya and Algeria.

South Africa is the only African country that reported above 100,000 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases so far, which stands at 611,450, according to the Africa CDC.

The country also has the highest number of deaths related to COVID-19, at 13,159, it was noted.

According to the Africa CDC, the southern Africa region is the most affected area in terms of confirmed cases, followed by northern Africa and western Africa regions, it was noted.

The Africa CDC also reported a growing number of COVID-19 recoveries across the continent, in which some 921,783 patients have recovered as of Tuesday.