Africa's COVID-19 cases rise to 37,393: Africa CDC

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-01 18:39:28|Editor: huaxia

A health officer disinfects the Coronavirus Institutional Quarantine Center in Kampala, capital of Uganda, April 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 37,393 in Africa as death toll from the disease reached 1,598 as of Thursday, according to the Africa CDC.

ADDIS ABABA, May 1 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent reached 1,598 as the number of confirmed cases hit 37,393 as of Thursday, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialized agency of the 55-member African Union (AU) Commission, in its latest situation update issued on Thursday also revealed the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across the continent rose from 34,915 on Wednesday to 37,393 as of Thursday afternoon.

A health worker (R) carries out a door-to-door temperature screening in order to control the spread of COVID-19, in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, April 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Figures from the Africa CDC also showed that amid the rapid spread of the virus across the continent, the highly COVID-19 affected African countries include Egypt, South Africa, Morocco as well as Algeria.

The Africa CDC disclosed that the Northern African region is the most affected area across the continent both in terms of the number of positive COVID-19 cases, as well as the number of deaths.

The Africa CDC said it had received the third round of medical equipment and supplies donated by China's Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation in support of the African continent's fight against the spread of COVID-19.