Africa’s COVID-19 cases pass 5.08 million: Africa CDC

A medical worker checks the temperature of a local resident during a regional health screening program in Rustenburg, South Africa on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. South Africa is mid-way through a three-week national lockdown and has sealed off its borders in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected 1,749 people so far and claimed the lives of 13. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 5,084,637 as of Wednesday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker checks the temperature of a local resident during a regional health screening program in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 135,650 while 4,548,655 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease.

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC.

South Africa has recorded the highest COVID-19 cases in Africa at 1,761,066, while the two northern African countries, Morocco and Tunisia, reported 524,475 and 372,221 as of Wednesday afternoon, respectively.

In terms of the caseload, southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent, while central Africa is the least affected region in the continent, according to the Africa CDC.