Africa's COVID-19 cases near 8.56 mln: Africa CDC

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,556,252 cases as of Sunday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

In this Tuesday, June 22, 2021 file photo, healthcare workers prepare to test patients for COVID-19 at the Lancet Laboratories in Johannesburg. (Photo: AP)

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), said the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 220,934.

Some 7,976,882 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease so far, according to the agency.

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Libya are among the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the agency.

In terms of the caseloads, 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.