A local resident waits to take her COVID-19 vaccine at Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, Monday Dec. 13, 2021. (Photo by Jerome Delay via CFP)
The number of COVID-19 infections in Africa surpassed the 9.75 million mark on Friday as the continent begins to see a decline in new cases.
According to data published by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the continent has so far recorded a total of 9,756,457 confirmed cases with 228,856 fatalities.
South Africa remains to be the hardest-hit African country by the pandemic, having registered more than 35 per cent of the continent's total infections.
It's 3,504,554 infections are more than the cumulative tallies reported by the next six countries with the highest national cases.
South Africa has also reported a total of 92,112 virus-related deaths. The next highest death toll has been registered by Tunisia (25,630).
African countries are banking on vaccinations to contain further spread of the virus on the continent.
Vaccinations have ramped up in recent months compared to the first half of 2021, as more doses arrived on the continent.
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