Thu, 24 Sep 2020

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The number of COVID-19 related deaths in the African continent reached 20,288 as the number of COVID-19 cases in the continent reached 957,035 on Monday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU) Commission, in its latest situation update issued on Monday, said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the continent rose from 944,450 on Sunday to 957,035 as of Monday.

The Africa CDC report also said that the number of deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 20,288 deaths on Monday, up from 19,920 on Sunday.

The continental disease control and prevention agency stressed that some 611,957 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far.

South Africa is Africa's highest affected country in terms of positive cases with 511,485 cases followed by Egypt with 94,483 cases and Nigeria with 43, 841 cases.

The North African nations of Algeria and Morocco have also recorded high numbers of COVID-19 with 30,909 and 25,537 confirmed COVID-19 cases respectively.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected area in terms of confirmed cases, followed by Northern Africa and Western Africa regions, respectively, the Africa CDC said.

Amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the African continent, the Africa CDC on Tuesday said 34 African countries are under "full border closure" in an effort to halt the spread of the infectious virus.

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