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Africa’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 200,000

Coronavirus cases in Africa have topped 200,000, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 54-nation continent has 202,782 reported cases and 5,516 related deaths.

While Africa still represents a tiny percentage of the world’s total COVID-19 cases, well under 5 percent, officials in South Africa and elsewhere have expressed concern as the number of infections continues to climb.

South Africa leads the continent with 52,991 cases, with almost two-thirds of them in the Western Cape province centred on the city of Cape Town.

South Africa school opening - COVID19-  Westbury Primary school in Johannesburg [Dorion Alexander/Al Jazeera]
 South Africa leads the continent with 52,991 cases [Dorion Alexander/Al Jazeera]