Africa’s COVID-19 cases pass 2.17 million mark: Africa CDC

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 30: Health workers screen for COVID-19 in Wynberg Main Road on April 30, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. It is reported that mass community screenings and testing are key in fighting the pandemic, and help authorities determine where resources need to be deployed. (Photo by Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images via Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 30: Health workers screen for COVID-19 in Wynberg Main Road on April 30, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent has reached 2,170,843, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Tuesday.

The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 51,915 as of Tuesday afternoon, while 1,840,575 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered.

The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Ethiopia, figures from the Africa CDC showed.

Southern Africa is the most affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths, followed by the Northern Africa region, according to the Africa CDC.

South Africa currently has the most COVID-19 cases, which hit 790,004. The country also has the highest number of deaths related to COVID-19, at 21,535.

Morocco comes next with 353,803 confirmed cases and 5,789 deaths, followed by Egypt with 115,911 confirmed cases and 6,650 deaths, the Africa CDC said.

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