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COVID-19 kills over 114,000 in Africa as confirmed cases surpass 4.3m

by James Davies

Angela Onwuzoo

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 114,000 people have died from COVID-19 on the continent since the outbreak of the viral infection in December 2019 in China.

According to the Africa CDC in its latest update on Friday, the continent has now recorded 4,317,900 cases, with 114,926 fatalities.

The African Union health agency notes that out of the over 4.3 million cases that had been recorded on the continent so far, 3,879,505 recoveries had been reported.

In the Africa CDC latest report, the Central African region has 142,966 cases; 2,310 deaths and 128,569 recoveries while Cameroon has the highest figures with 61,731 cases; 919 deaths and 56,926 recoveries.

East Africa, according to the report, recorded 534,263 cases; 9,554 deaths and 407,545 recoveries with Ethiopia leading the region with 223,665 cases; 3,078 deaths and 166,752 recoveries.

In Northern Africa, there are now 1,277,760 cases; 36,720 deaths and 1,118, 967 recoveries; while Morocco has the highest figures of 500,323 cases; 8,873 deaths and 486,913 recoveries.

South Africa is still leading countries in the Southern African region with1,554,975 cases; 53,173 deaths and 1,480,632 recoveries as the region recorded 1,921,769 cases; 60,549 deaths and 1,812,927 recoveries.

The Africa CDC report shows that Nigeria has the highest figures in the West African region with 163,498 cases ; 2,058 deaths and 153,788 recoveries out of the region’s 441,142 cases ; 5,793 deaths and 411,497 recoveries.

The WHO AFRO on Thursday said less than two per cent of the 690 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered globally have been in Africa, stressing that more efforts are needed to scale up COVID-19 vaccination in the African Region as many African countries have barely moved beyond the starting line.

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