ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

The total number of coronavirus cases in Africa rose to 275,327, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update on Friday.

The death toll across the continent climbed to 7,395, it said, adding 125,316 patients have so far recovered.

South Africa has the highest number of cases that now stood at 83,900 followed by Egypt’s 50,400.

Nigeria in West Africa registered 18,500 cases, Sudan in East Africa 8,000 and Cameroon in Central Africa 10,100.

Confirmed cases in the Southern Africa region reached 87,900, North Africa 74,600, West Africa 57,300, East Africa 29,300 and Central Africa 26,200.

At least 3,100 patients have died so far in North Africa, 1,800 in Southern Africa, 1,000 in West Africa, 883 in East and 571 in Central Africa.

Since originating in China last December, the pandemic has claimed over 454,200 lives in 188 countries and regions. The US, Brazil and Russia are currently the world’s worst-hit countries.

More than 8.5 million cases have been reported worldwide, while nearly 4.17 million patients have recovered so far, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

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