The death toll in Africa from the coronavirus increased to 73 Thursday from 64 a day earlier, according to the African Center for Diseases Prevention and Control (CDC).
African CDC chief Paul Nkengasong said the pandemic in Africa was moving from “threat” to “disaster” as an increasing number on the 55-nation continent reports cases and deaths.
The CDC said 16 African nations have confirmed deaths. The number of cases in Africa reached 2,746, CDC data shows.
The worst affected African countries include South Africa with 1280, Egypt with 456, Algeria with 302 and Morocco with 225 cases.
It said 334 new cases have been confirmed, while 210 patients recovered in 14 countries.
The pandemic has now spread to 46 countries in Africa.
Last week, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom cautioned Africa to brace up for a worst-case scenario and get prepared to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China, in December, the virus has spread to at least 175 countries and regions, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
Data shows more than 553,162 cases have been reported worldwide as at the time of this report, with the death toll surpassing 35,305 and with over 156,841 recovered.