Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 4.99 million, says Africa CDC

Uganda has suspended all flights coming into the country from India after recording new variants of the coronavirus, including the COVID-19 variant from India (PHOTO/Courtesy).

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 4,990,089 as of Friday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 133,855 while 4,489,665 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 1,722,086 while the northern African country Morocco reported 522,765 cases as of Friday.

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.

According to the Africa CDC, African countries have acquired around 54.9 million COVID-19 vaccines as of Thursday, in which about 0.6 percent of Africa’s population have received a full vaccine regimen. And five member states of Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa have acquired and administered the most doses of COVID-19 vaccines to their respective populations

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