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COVID-19 kills over 131,000 in Africa as confirmed cases near 4.9m

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Angela Onwuzoo

Over 131,000 people have died of COVID-19 on the African continent since the outbreak of the viral infection, says the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Africa CDC says nearly 4.9m cases have been recorded on the continent so far with over four million recoveries.

According to the Africa CDC in its latest update on Wednesday, the continent has now recorded 4,854,455 cases with 131,138 deaths.

The African Union health agency notes that 4,395,809 recoveries had been recorded despite the increase in fatalities.

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

174,577 cases; 2,798 deaths and 160,636 recoveries while Cameroon has the highest figures with 78,929; 1,275 deaths and 73,974 recoveries.

East Africa, according to the report, recorded 653,148; 12,861deaths and 546,452 discoveries with Ethiopia leading the region with 271,790 cases; 4,171 deaths and 239,475 recoveries.

In Northern Africa, there are now 1,466,183 cases; 44,261 deaths and 1,287,214 recoveries while Morocco has the highest figures with 519,610 cases; 9,154 deaths and 507,528 recoveries.

According to the report, Southern Africa has now recorded 2,086,758 cases; 64,948 deaths and 1,949,258 recoveries as South Africa is still the leading country on the continent with 1,669,231 cases; 56,601deaths and 1,563,719 recoveries.

The Africa CDC report shows that Nigeria has the highest figures in the West African region with 166,534 cases; 2,099 deaths; 159,935 and recoveries out of 473,789 cases; 6,270 deaths and 452,249 recorded.

The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, says Africa urgently needs 20 million second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

In her latest statement on the WHOAFRO website, Moeti said, “Africa needs vaccines now. Any pause in our vaccination campaigns will lead to lost lives and lost hope.”

“It’s too soon to tell if Africa is on the cusp of a third wave. However, we know that cases are rising, and the clock is ticking so we urgently appeal to countries that have vaccinated their high-risk groups to speed up the dose-sharing to fully protect the most vulnerable people.”

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