Africa’s COVID-19 fatalities top 230,000

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The number of COVID-19 deaths reported in Africa surpassed the 230,000 mark even as the continent continues its fight against the virus.

According to the latest data by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Africa had recorded 231,445 virus-related fatalities by Wednesday afternoon.

In total, the continent had registered 10,066,092 infections.

Most of the COVID-19 deaths have been reported in South Africa, which accounts for more than 40 per cent of the continent’s fatalities.

The country’s 92,649 total death toll is more than the cumulative tally recorded by the next seven countries with the highest national tolls.

The continent is banking on vaccinations to contain the pandemic, and various countries have ramped up mass inoculations to better protect their publics.

Despite experiencing a slow start to vaccinations, Africa boosted administration of jabs as more doses arrived in the second half of 2021.