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African countries conduct over 105 million COVID-19 tests: Africa CDC-Xinhua

People wait to take the COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 2, 2021. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)

African countries have carried out 105,579,387 COVID-19 tests so far, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) announced on Thursday.

ADDIS ABABA, May 5 (Xinhua) — African countries have carried out 105,579,387 tests for COVID-19 so far, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday.

The Africa CDC, the specialized health agency of the African Union, said in its latest weekly press briefing held on Thursday that 427,942 new tests were carried out in the past week. The newly performed tests represent a 3% decrease from the previous week when 481,760 tests were reported.

People line up to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a vaccination site in Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 20, 2021. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)

The cumulative continental positivity rate so far stands at 11%, according to the agency.

According to the Africa CDC, some 36 African countries report a case fatality rate (CFR) above the global average of 1.2%, while two countries Somalia and Sudan report a CFR above 5%.

He said 53 African countries experienced the third wave of COVID-19, while 37 countries experienced a more severe third wave.

As of Wednesday evening, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa had reached 11,458,664, with 252,197 deaths and 10,818,872 recoveries, according to the agency.

In terms of the number of cases, 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 of the continent, according to the Africa CDC.