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Locals wear face masks as a preventive measure against coronavirus, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, April 20, 2020. (Xinhua)

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the African continent surpassed 2.21 million with a death toll of 52,824 as of Friday afternoon, the Africa CDC said on Friday.

ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the African continent has reached 2,215,216 as of Friday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Friday.

The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 52,824.

A total of 1,892,013 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far, according to the continental disease control and prevention agency.

The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Ethiopia, figures from the Africa CDC showed.

Locals wear face masks as a preventive measure against coronavirus, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, April 20, 2020. (Xinhua)

The southern Africa region is the most COVID-19 affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths, it was noted.

The northern Africa region is the second most COVID-19-affected African region, according to the Africa CDC.

South Africa currently has the most COVID-19 cases, which hit 800,872.

The country also has the highest number of deaths related to COVID-19, at 21,803.

Morocco comes next with 368,624 confirmed cases and 6,063 deaths, followed by Egypt with 117,156 confirmed cases and 6,713 deaths, Africa CDC said. ■

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