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Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Near 9 Million

Scientists work on the COVID-19 at the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Prof Tulio de Oliveira, the director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation in South Africa, said there was an unusual constellation of mutations and that it was very different to other variants that have circulated. In a media briefing Prof de Oliveira said there were 50 mutations overall and more than 30 on the spike protein, which is the target of most vaccines and the key the virus uses to unlock the doorway into our body’s cells.

 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,944,097 as of Monday evening, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

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The agency said the death toll across the continent stands at 224,920 and some 8,215,307 patients have recovered from the disease so far.

 

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Ethiopia are among the countries with the most cases on the continent, said Africa CDC.

 

South Africa has recorded the most COVID-19 cases in Africa with over three million cases, followed by the northern African country Morocco with 951,482 cases as of Monday evening, it said.

 

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, according to the agency.

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