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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa surged to 1,096,951 as the death toll rose to 25,096, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) revealed on Saturday.

In its latest situation update issued on Saturday, CDC said the number of COVID-19 cases across the African continent has risen from 1,084,687 on Friday to 1,096,951 as of Saturday.

The Africa CDC also noted that the continent-wide COVID-19 related death toll registered an increase of 436 deaths compared to Friday’s 24,660 to reach 25,096.

The continental disease control and prevention agency also said the number of people who recovered from their COVID-19 infections is also increasing, as the number of recoveries reached 812,839 on Saturday from Friday’s 780,076 reports.

South Africa currently has the most COVID-19 cases at 579,140. The country also has the highest COVID-19 related deaths, with the death toll currently standing at 11,556, according to the Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC also said nine African countries are reporting case fatality rates comparable to or higher than the global case fatality rate of 3.7 percent.

These African countries are Chad, Sudan, Liberia, Niger, Egypt, Mali, Angola, Burkina Faso and Tanzania.

Amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the African continent, the Africa CDC also disclosed on Thursday that some 23 African countries are currently implementing entry and exit restrictions, requiring COVID-19 testing and test certificates.

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