The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 3.91 million as of Wednesday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), said.
The Africa CDC, the specialised healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union (AU), said the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 104,382, while some 3.50 million patients across the continent have recovered from the disease.
The Africa CDC noted that the most affected countries in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Ethiopia.
South Africa has lost 50,271 lives to the disease, the most among African countries, according to the agency.
Egypt and Morocco have the second and third highest fatalities, with 10,778 and 8,645 COVID-19-inflicted deaths, respectively, the Africa CDC said.
The AU had recently said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was not just a severe health emergency, but also a grave economic and social crisis.
Meanwhile, the African continent has faced its first economic recession in 25 years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), report.
The report, entitled “Building Forward for an African Green Recovery” and launched on Monday, revealed that the continent faced its first recession in 25 years, with output losses due to COVID-19 estimated to be 99 billion dollars.