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Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Surpass 878,000 As Deaths Surge Beyond 18,400

A member of South Sudanese Ministry of Health’s Rapid Response Team take a sample from a man who has recently been in contact with a confirmed case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Juba, South Sudan on April 13, 2020. – Four cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been confirmed among United Nations (UN) national and international staff in South Sudan. (Photo by Alex McBride / AFP) (Photo by ALEX MCBRIDE/AFP via Getty Images)

The number of COVID-19 infections in Africa has surpassed 878,000 as the continent continues to see a surge in new daily cases.

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Latest figures published by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention show that the continent had reported 871,970 cases and 18,475 deaths by Wednesday afternoon.

South Africa remains the worst affected country on the continent, having reported 459,761 cases and 7,257 deaths.

The figures represent 52.7 percent of Africa’s infections and 39.2 percent of the deaths.

Egypt, the second-worst affected country on the continent, has registered 92,947 infections and 4,691 deaths.

Other than the two countries, only Nigeria and Ghana have recorded more than 30,000 COVID-19 infections in Africa.

In total, only six African countries have reported more than 20,000 infections.

Besides Nigeria and Egypt, only Algeria (1,174) has reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 related fatalities.

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