The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent has reached 221 as confirmed positive cases surpassed 6,213.
The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) made this known in its latest situation update issued on Thursday.
The Africa CDC, a specialised agency of the 55-member African Union, said the cases were spread across 49 African countries.
The agency also disclosed that the highly COVID-19 affected countries include South Africa with 1,380 confirmed cases, Algeria with 716 confirmed cases as well as Egypt with 779 confirmed cases.
The Africa CDC also disclosed that some 469 people who have been infected with the COVID-19 have recovered across the continent as of the stated period.
Amid the rapid spread of the virus across the African continent, figures from the Africa CDC also show that more than 427 new confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported across the continent since the centre’s recent report on Wednesday.
The death toll increased from 196 to 221 as of the stated period, according to the Africa CDC.
The African Union, through Africa CDC, has already activated its Emergency Operations Centre and its Incident Management System for the COVID-19 outbreak on January 27.
The Africa CDC had also developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period from March 16 to April 15.