Tue, 26 Oct 2021

ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,008,802 as of Saturday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC said the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 202,534, while some 7,280,838 patients have recovered from the disease so far.

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Ethiopia are among the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the agency.

South Africa has recorded the most COVID-19 cases in Africa with 2,848,925 cases, while the northern African country Morocco reported 899,581 cases as of Saturday afternoon, it was noted.

The Africa CDC also said 1,476,693 new tests were reported during the period between Aug.30 to Sept.5.

Five countries, namely South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Ethiopia account for about 64 percent of all COVID-19 cases reported in Africa.

Amid the greater impact of the pandemic, the Africa CDC had also disclosed that 145.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been procured by 53 members.

Some 111.3 million of the total 145.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, the agency further disclosed.

Five countries, namely Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia and Zimbabwe have acquired and administered the most doses of COVID-19 vaccines to their respective populations.

The North African country of Morocco has so far administered 35.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with about 44.34 percent of the country's total population covered.

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 in the continent, according to the Africa CDC.

Some 53 African countries have conducted 68,213,896 COVID-19 tests so far.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which recently warned that the delta variant of the pandemic poses a great health threat to the continent, however, stressed a slower spike of the third wave of the pandemic in Africa.

According to the WHO, the weekly COVID-19 cases in Africa fell by more than 20 percent, the sharpest seven-day decline in two months, as the third wave pandemic tapers off.

It, however, stressed that the rate of deceleration is slower than the previous waves owing to the impact of more transmissible variants.

"While COVID-19 cases have declined appreciably, the downward trend is frustratingly slow due to the lingering effects of the more infections Delta variant," said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's regional director for Africa.

The more contagious Delta variant that partly fueled the third wave has been dominant in several countries that experienced COVID-19 surge, as the Delta variant was detected in more than 70 percent of samples from Botswana, Malawi and South Africa, and in more than 90 percent from Zimbabwe.

To date, the dominant Delta variant has been detected in 31 African countries, while the Alpha and Beta variants have been identified in 44 and 39 countries, respectively.

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