The death toll in Africa from the coronavirus increased to 72 Thursday from 64 a day earlier, according to the African Center for Diseases Prevention and Control (CDC).

African CDC chief Paul Nkengasong said the pandemic in Africa was moving from “threat” to “disaster” as an increasing number on the 55-nation continent reports cases and deaths.

The CDC said 16 African nations have confirmed deaths. The number of cases in Africa reached 2,746, CDC data shows.

The worst affected African countries include South Africa with 709, Egypt with 456, Algeria with 302 and Morocco with 225 cases.

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