At least 1,016 people have died of COVID-19 virus across Africa as of Saturday, up from 962 on Friday afternoon, according to latest statistics by the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
The Africa CDC updates issued on Saturday show that the number of confirmed positive cases across the continent rose from 18,333 on Friday to 19,895 as of Saturday morning.
The pandemic has so far spread to 52 African countries, it said.
According to the figures, highly COVID-19 affected African countries include Egypt with 2,844 confirmed cases, South Africa with 2,783 cases, Algeria with 2,418 as well as Morocco with 2,564 cases.
The three Northern African countries Algeria, Egypt and Morocco have registered 364, 205, and 135 COVID-19-related deaths respectively.
Some 4,642 people who had been infected with the COVID-19 have recovered.
The Northern African region is the most affected area across the continent both in terms of positive COVID-19 cases, as well as the number of deaths.
The Northern African countries have so far reported more than 8,746 positive COVID-19 cases as well as 743 deaths due to the pandemic, according to the statistics.
“While movement restrictions imposed by countries may be inconveniencing and may have socio-economic effects, the long-term gains are incomparable. It will save lives and help bring this pandemic to an end quicker,” the Africa CDC director stressed,” John Nkengasong, Africa CDC Director, told reporters on Friday.