The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent reached 976,028 on Wednesday, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union (AU) Commission, in its latest situation update issued on Wednesday, said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the continent rose from 968,020 on Tuesday to 976,028 as of Wednesday.

The Africa CDC report also said that the number of deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 21,050 deaths on Wednesday, up from 20,612 on Tuesday.

The continental disease control and prevention agency further noted that some 651, 455 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far, registering about 21,729 new recoveries as compared to Tuesday’s 629,726 report.

South Africa is Africa’s highest affected country in terms of positive cases, followed by Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria and Morocco, it was noted.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected area in terms of confirmed cases, followed by Northern Africa and Western Africa regions, respectively, the Africa CDC said.

Amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the African continent, the Africa CDC disclosed recently that some 34 African countries are under “full border closure” in an effort to halt the spread of the infectious virus.

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