Africa's COVID-19 cases near 4.7 million

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,699,255 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

A frontline worker receives a jab of COVID-19 vaccine at Windhoek Central Hospital in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, March 19, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 126,681 while 4,254,810 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease.

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

In terms of the number of cases, southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by northern Africa and eastern Africa regions, while central Africa is the least affected region in the continent, according to the agency.

South Africa has recorded 1,615,485 COVID-19 cases, the most among African countries.