Africa's COVID-19 caseload tops 2.85 million mark, deaths exceed 67,000


The number of COVID-19 infections in Africa surpassed the 2.85 million mark on Tuesday as countries continue to report daily surges in their caseloads.

According to the latest data from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the continent has recorded 2,852,010 confirmed cases and 67,928 deaths.

South Africa is the hardest-hit African country by the pandemic, having registered 1,113,349 infections and 30,011 fatalities.

The country accounts for 39.04 percent of the continent's caseload and 44.18 percent of its fatalities.

No other African country has reported even half of the virus cases recorded in South Africa, and the same is true for virus deaths.

Morocco's 443,802 infections are the second-highest on the continent. Only five more African countries have reported more than 100,000 COVID-19 infections; Tunisia (144,796), Egypt (143,464), Ethiopia (125,919), Libya (102,456) and Algeria (100,645).

In total, ten African countries have registered more than 1,000 virus-related deaths.

The continent hopes an impending arrival of vaccines will boost the fight against COVID-19, but governments continue to reiterated the need to adhere to health guidelines in efforts to stifle the spread of the virus.

The Africa CDC data also showed that by Tuesday, some 2,359,506 patients had successfully recovered from COVID-19.

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