ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 

More than 1,200 new coronavirus cases have been registered in 52 countries in Africa on Wednesday, taking the total tally to 16,285, an authority said.

According to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention dashboard, 878 people have died so far across the continent due to the virus.

The number of deaths the previous day stood at 816.

Some 3,200 patients, it said, have recovered as of Wednesday afternoon, while the figures keep changing by the minute and hour.

North Africa takes the highest toll from the virus followed by West Africa, South Africa, Central Africa

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