A nurse walks past the entrance of Fann hospital in Dakar, Senegal, on March 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Eddy Peters)
The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent has reached 196 as the number of confirmed positive cases surpassed 5,786.
ADDIS ABABA, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent has reached 196 as confirmed positive cases surpassed 5,786, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) revealed on Wednesday.
The Africa CDC, a specialized agency of the 55-member African Union (AU), in its latest situation update issued on Wednesday said the cases were spread across 49 African countries.
The continental disease control and prevention agency also disclosed that the highly COVID-19 affected countries include South Africa with 1,353 confirmed cases, Algeria with 716 confirmed cases as well as Egypt with 710 confirmed cases.
A man from local authorities walks across the disinfectant smoke at Grand Dakar market in Dakar, Senegal, March 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Eddy Peters)
The Africa CDC also disclosed that some 412 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 530 new confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported across the continent since the center's recent report on Tuesday.
The death toll increased from 172 to 196 as of the stated period, according to the Africa CDC.
The African Union, through Africa CDC, has already activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System (IMS) 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. ■