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African countries conduct over 100M COVID-19 tests: Africa CDC

ADDIS ABABA (XINHUA) – Some 53 African countries have conducted 100,554,471 COVID-19 tests so far, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said in the latest weekly briefing yesterday.

The Africa CDC, the specialised healthcare agency of the African Union, said 1,068,624 new tests were reported during the past one week.

This is an 18-per-cent increase from the previous week when 902,042 tests were reported.
“The cumulative positivity rate is 11.2 per cent and the test per case ratio is 8.9 per cent,” according to the agency.

Five countries, namely South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt account for about 60 per cent of all COVID-19 cases reported in Africa.

As of yesterday morning, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had reached 11,257,474 with 249,893 deaths and 10,529,106 recoveries, according to the agency.

In terms of the caseload, southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent, while central Africa is the least affected region in the continent, according to the Africa CDC.

A woman is tested for COVID-19 at the Lenasia South Hospital near Johannesburg, South Africa. PHOTO: AP

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