African countries conduct more than 54 million COVID-19 tests – Africa CDC

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Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

At least 54,174,590 COVID-19 tests have been conducted by African countries so far, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Thursday.

The Africa CDC said 1,337,274 new tests were carried out during the past week, registering a two percent increase from tests carried out in the previous week, the agency announced in its latest continental update.

According to the agency, the overall positivity rate of the continent was 10.7 percent.

As of Thursday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had reached 5,779,806, with 148,736 deaths and 5,013,245 recoveries, according to the agency.

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

South Africa has recorded the highest COVID-19 cases in Africa at 2,112,336 while the northern African country Morocco reported 537,253 cases as of Thursday, it was noted.

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. Enditem

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