Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 3.45 mln: Africa CDC

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 27: People wearing face masks walk at a street as they continue their daily life amid coronavirus (Covid-19) in Cape Town, South Africa on December 27, 2020. (Photo by Xabiso Mkhabela/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk on a street as they continue their daily life amid coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Xabiso Mkhabela/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,455,328 as of Tuesday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency’s dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic in Africa stood at 85,883 as of Tuesday.

A total of 2,930,863 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far, the African Union (AU) Commission’s healthcare agency disclosed.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected area in Africa in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases, followed by the Northern Africa region, according to the agency.

The most affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Ethiopia, said the African Union (AU) Commission’s specialized healthcare agency.

South Africa has reported the highest COVID-19-inflicted deaths in Africa, at 41,117 as of Tuesday, according to the Africa CDC.

Last week, John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC, had stressed that the African continent is “in a critical phase of the pandemic.”

“As economies reopen and travel resume, we must pay attention to the prevention of transmission, prevention of deaths and prevention of harm by carefully and cautiously opening our borders,” Nkengasong said.

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