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Nigeria overtakes Ghana as confirmed coronavirus cases hit 84,000 in Africa

Nigeria overtakes Ghana as confirmed coronavirus cases hit 84,000 in Africa
Senegalese army's Dr Alassane Dia examins a local resident showing symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) inside an isolation tent for suspected cases at the army field hospital in Touba, Senegal May 1, 2020. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra

The World Health Organization, WHO, regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa has risen to over 84,000 in the past 24 hours.

The UN health agency gave the update on its official Twitter account on Monday morning.

According to the tweet, COVID-19 has killed 2,700 people on the continent, while 32,000 people have recovered from the virus.

“Over 84,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 32,000 recoveries & 2,700 deaths,” it said.

Nigeria is now the highest country in West Africa, with 5,959 cases and 182 deaths, followed by Ghana with 5,735 cases and 29 deaths.

The Africa CDC COVID-19 dashboard showed that South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco have continued to top the list of countries with the highest reported COVID-19 cases.

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