Over 10 million total COVID cases registered in Africa: Health watchdog

Africa has registered a total of more than 10 million coronavirus cases, according to figures from the African Union's health watchdog and seen by AFP.

Family members mourn the death of medical doctor Aynaelm Abrha who worked at a hospital to treat the patients infected by COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and died by COVID in Ethiopia on 10 April 2021. Picture: Amanuel Sileshi/AFP

NAIROBI - Africa has registered a total of more than 10 million coronavirus cases, according to figures from the African Union's health watchdog and seen by AFP on Sunday.

Data released by the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) showed that as of Saturday there had been 10,028,508 cases reported by the African Union's 55 member states since the outbreak of the pandemic.

A total of 231,157 deaths were recorded, the CDC said.

Infections have soared since the highly contagious Omicron variant was discovered in South Africa in late November, prompting several countries on the continent to impose new restrictions.

However, vaccine uptake in Africa, home to nearly 1.2 billion people, has been low, due to poor access to jabs and some vaccine hesitancy.