ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Africa reached 31,701, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

The total number of people who have contracted the virus in the continent has surpassed 1,31 million, it said, adding more than 1 million patients have recovered.

Southern Africa is the most affected in terms of both caseload and death toll with 691,100 people confirmed positive to the virus and 16,200 fatalities.

North Africa recorded 254,500 cases, 9,100 deaths; West Africa 165,700 cases and 2,500 deaths; East Africa 146,500 cases and 2,900 deaths; and Central Africa 55,500 cases and 1,100 deaths.

Egypt in North Africa confirmed 100,200 cases, Ethiopia in East Africa 60,800 cases, Nigeria in West Africa 55,500 cases, while Cameroon in Central Africa registered 19,600 cases.

At least 5,600 people died in Egypt, 1,100 in Nigeria, 949 in Ethiopia and 414 in Cameroon.

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