The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent reached 874 as the number of confirmed cases hit 16,285 as of Wednesday, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.
The Africa CDC, a specialized agency of the 55-member African Union (AU) Commission, in its latest situation update issued on Wednesday also revealed that the number of confirmed positive cases across the continent rose from 15,249 on Tuesday to 16,285 as of Wednesday afternoon.
The virus has so far spread into 52 African countries.
Figures from the Africa CDC also show that amid the rapid spread of the virus across the continent, the highly COVID-19 affected African countries include South Africa with 2,415 confirmed cases, Egypt with 2,350 confirmed cases, and Algeria with 2,070 confirmed cases.
The continental disease control and prevention agency also said that some 3,142 people who had been infected with the COVID-19 have recovered.
The Africa CDC also disclosed that the Northern African region is the most affected area across the continent both in terms of positive COVID-19 cases, as well as the number of deaths. The Northern African countries have so far registered some 7,088 positive COVID-19 cases as well as 666 deaths due to the pandemic.