Africa’s COVID-19 caseload tops 4.3 million: Africa CDC

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A South African health worker is inoculated with a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Khayelitsha Hospital in Cape Town on February 17, 2021. /Gianluigi Guercia/VCG
A South African health worker is inoculated with a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Khayelitsha Hospital in Cape Town on February 17, 2021. /Gianluigi Guercia/VCG

The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Africa has surpassed the 4.3 million mark even as the continent continues with efforts to contain the pandemic.

According to the latest figures from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), a total of 4,301,375 cases had been reported by Thursday afternoon.

The continent has also registered some 114, 598 virus-related deaths.

South Africa remains the hardest-hit nation on the continent, as its 1,553,609 cases account for more than a third of Africa’s caseload while its 53,111 fatalities account for more than 46 percent of the continent’s death toll.

Governments have imposed various measures to curb further spread of the virus, including strict lockdowns, national curfews and business closures.

But even with the measures in place, various countries have reported a recent spike in new cases as a third wave sweeps around the world.

Like other regions globally, African governments have also rolled out mass vaccination programs targeting high-risk groups including healthcare workers, the elderly and essential service providers.

The number of vaccinated persons on the continent is nearing the seven million mark.

Leaders have however bemoaned discrimination in the acquisition of vaccines, as other regions have managed to acquire more doses, enabling faster inoculations.

On the bright side, Africa has reported 3,868,129 successful recoveries from the virus.

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