The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says over 212,000 people have died of COVID-19 on the African continent since the outbreak of the viral infection.

According to the Africa CDC, more than 8.3m cases of COVID-19 have also been recorded on the continent so far with over 7.5m recoveries.

The agency disclosed this in its latest update on Monday, noting that the continent has now recorded 8,334,222 cases and deaths 212,107 fatalities.

The African Union health agency also stated that 7,674,307 recoveries had been recorded despite the increase in fatalities.

In the Africa CDC’s latest report, the Central African region has recorded

244,933 cases; 3,420 deaths and 221,419 recoveries while Cameroon has the highest figures with 92,303 cases; 1,459 deaths and 83,092 recoveries.

East Africa, according to the report, recorded 1,016,778 cases ; 21,544 deaths and 840,403 recoveries with Ethiopia leading the region with 347,972 cases; 5,675 deaths and 314,458 recoveries.

In Northern Africa, there are now 2,532,199 cases; 67,986 deaths and 2,283,150 recoveries while Morocco has the highest figures with 934,828 cases; 14,315 deaths and 908,898 recoveries.

According to the report, Southern Africa has now recorded 3,891,213 cases; 109,559 deaths and 3,712,333 recoveries as South Africa is still the leading country on the continent with 2,905,613 cases; 87,753 deaths and 2,778,893 recoveries.

The Africa CDC report shows that Nigeria has the highest figures in the West African region with 206,061 cases; 2,724 deaths and 193,893 recoveries out of 649,099 cases; 9,598 deaths and 617,002 recoveries recorded.

The World Health Organisation on Thursday said just 60 million Africans have been fully vaccinated so far and two percent of the more than six billion vaccines given globally have been administered on the continent.

WHO said COVAX is working with donors to identify the countries that can currently absorb large volumes of vaccines and send them their way and plans to strengthen its support for countries that do not have other sources of vaccines.

Immunisation and Vaccines Development Programme Coordinator for WHO Regional Office for Africa, Dr. Richard Mihigo, in a statement said COVID-19 case numbers in Africa dropped by 35 percent to just over 74 000 in the week to 26 September. 

Mihigo said almost 1800 deaths were reported across 34 African countries in the same period. 

According to him, the Delta variant has been found in 39 African countries. The Alpha variant has been detected in 45 countries and the Beta in 40.  

“Despite the declining case numbers we must all remain vigilant and continue to adhere to the proven public health and safety measures that we know save lives, such as wearing a mask, washing our hands regularly and physical distancing, especially while vaccination rates remain low,” Mihigo said.

 

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