ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 

Nearly 19,000 coronavirus cases have now been reported in 52 of Africa’s 54 countries, according to data compiled by the Africa Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (Africa CDC).

The total number of COVID-19 cases on the continent reached 18,792 on Friday after 1,545 people tested positive over the past 24 hours.

The death toll moved closer to 1,000, rising to 967 after 56 more fatalities were reported in various countries.

Recoveries were up by 847 to 4,393, according to the Africa CDC data.

North Africa is the hardest-hit of the continent’s five regions, followed by West,

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