Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 1.36 million

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Health workers disinfect a public area in Khemisset, Morocco, on Sept. 10, 2020. Morocco reported 1,889 new COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths on Thursday, raising the tally of infections to 79,767 and the death toll to 1,491. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)
Health workers disinfect a public area in Khemisset, Morocco, on Sept. 10, 2020. Morocco reported 1,889 new COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths on Thursday, raising the tally of infections to 79,767 and the death toll to 1,491. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,365, 689, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Wednesday.

The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll related to the pandemic now stood at 33,047 as of Wednesday.

The Africa CDC also disclosed the number of people with COVID-19 who recovered across the continent has reached 1,116, 545.

The most affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

The continent’s total COVID-19 cases represent about 5 percent of the global tally, according to the Africa CDC.

Ten countries accounted for 81 percent of the new COVID-19 cases reported during the past week in Africa: South Africa at 22 percent, Morocco at 21 percent, Ethiopia at 14 percent, Libya at 10 percent, Algeria 4 percent, and Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Tunisia and Egypt each at 2 percent.

In terms of reporting the highest cumulative incidence of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in Africa, South Africa placed first at 1,079, followed by Cape Verde at 647 and Djibouti at 539.

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