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Coronavirus cases in Africa rise to over 3.1M

Death toll in continent crosses 74,440, recoveries surpass 2.5M, says Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Rodrigue Forku   | 13.01.2021
Coronavirus cases in Africa rise to over 3.1M

YAOUNDE, Cameroon

The total number of coronavirus cases in Africa has reached over 3.1 million, according to an Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention update on Wednesday.

The death toll in the continent rose to more than 74,440, while the number of recoveries surpassed 2.5 million.

By region, Southern Africa has recorded over 1.42 million cases, with 36,984 deaths and more than 1.14 million recoveries.

Some 994,860 cases have so far been reported in North Africa, 337,164 in East Africa, 269,932 in West Africa, and 79,045 in Central Africa.

South Africa, the hardest-hit country on the continent, reported 755 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 34,334, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced late Tuesday.

Mkhize said 13,105 new infections were also detected, pushing the country’s overall count to nearly 1.26 million.

Meanwhile, Cameroon Health Minister Manaouda Malachie on Wednesday visited the reception and screening systems.

On Wednesday, Cameroon Health Minister Manaouda Malachie inspected the screening system for COVID-19 in the capital Yaounde ahead of African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament.

The country is set to host the football tournament on Jan. 16-Feb. 7, 2021.

The stadium occupancy rates during matches have been set at 25% for all group matches, including the opening match, and 50% for the semi-finals and finals. ​​​​​

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