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Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 3.45 Million – Africa CDC

File photo: Customers stand in a queue outside Makro in Pretoria East on March 24, 2020. – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 23, 2020 announced a 21-day national lockdown to start later this week to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus which has affected more than 400 people and ordered the military to enforce the ban. Phill Magakoe / AFP.

 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,455,328 as of Tuesday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

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According to the continental disease control and prevention agency’s dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic in Africa stood at 85,883 as of Tuesday.

A total of 2,930,863 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far, the African Union (AU) Commission’s healthcare agency disclosed.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected area in Africa in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases, followed by the Northern Africa region, according to the agency.

The most affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Ethiopia, said the African Union (AU) Commission’s specialized healthcare agency.

South Africa has reported the highest COVID-19-inflicted deaths in Africa, at 41,117 as of Tuesday, according to the Africa CDC.

Last week, John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC, had stressed that the African continent is “in a critical phase of the pandemic.”

“As economies reopen and travel resume, we must pay attention to the prevention of transmission, prevention of deaths and prevention of harm by carefully and cautiously opening our borders,” Nkengasong said.

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