Africa's COVID-19 cases pass 100,000 mark

22 May 2020, 22:45

  DF-Xinhua Report

Residents wearing face masks wait to get community free food in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 19, 2020. File Photo Xinhua.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across Africa surpassed 100,000 as of Friday afternoon, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

   The Africa CDC in its latest situation update issued on Friday revealed that the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across the continent rose from 95,201 on Thursday to 100,330 as of Friday afternoon, registering about 5,129 new cases during the stated period.

   The death toll due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the African continent also surged from 2,997 on Thursday afternoon to 3,101 as Friday afternoon, eventually registering about 104 new deaths during the past 24-hours period, according to the Africa CDC.

   The Africa CDC also disclosed that some 39,416 people who have been infected with the COVID-19 have recovered across the continent as of Friday afternoon, registering some 1,341 new recoveries during the past 24-hours period.

   The continental disease control and prevention agency also noted that the virus has spread into all of the 54 African countries.

   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.