Africa’s COVID-19 cases near 290,000 as death toll climbs to 7,693

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Africa reached 286,141 as of Saturday afternoon from 275,323 on Friday afternoon, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest figures showed that the death toll from the pandemic also rose from 7,395 on Friday to 7,693 as of Saturday afternoon.

The center showed that the virus had spread into 54 African countries.

Some 132,412 people who were infected with COVID-19 had recovered across the continent as of the stated period.

Amid the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the African continent, the highly affected African countries include South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, as well as Algeria.

When population is taken into consideration, Djibouti, Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea, are reporting the most cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population within the continent, according to the center.

It showed that the Southern Africa region is now the most affected area across the continent in terms of positive COVID-19 cases, overtaking the Northern Africa region.

Western Africa region is the third-most affected area in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases.

According to figures, during the past week, some 55,612 new COVID-19 cases were reported across the continent, a 27% increase in new COVID-19 cases compared to what was reported in the previous week.

Five countries account for 63% of the new COVID-19 cases reported over the past week that are South Africa with 34%, Egypt with 16%, Nigeria with 6%, Ghana with 4%, and Cameroon with 3%, it said.

Earlier this week, the center said some 43 African countries were under full border closure due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

In addition to the 43 countries under full border closure, night-time curfew has been imposed across 35 countries in an effort to halt the spread of the virus.

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