The number of confirmed COVID – 19 cases in Africa has reached 168 ,464 , and at least 4 ,700 people have died .
This was obtained from statistics released by the World Health Organisation ’s office for the African Region on Friday .
“Over 168 ,464 confirmed #COVID 19 cases on the African continent – with more than 73 ,000 recoveries and 4 ,700 deaths ,” the office wrote on
Most cases in the region were detected in South Africa with 40 ,792 , Egypt with 28 ,615 , and Nigeria with 11 ,516 .
Egypt, South Africa , and Algeria account for the highest number of related fatalities with 1 ,088 , 848 , and 681 deaths respectively .
In May , WHO Director -General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Africa was the least affected region in the world in terms of COVID -19 cases and deaths.
He noted that the continent had 1. 5 per cent of the world ’s reported infections and less than 0 .1 per cent of the global deaths from the infection .