The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account @WHOAFRO on Friday.
It stated that South Africa had 538,184 cases and 9,604 deaths, followed by Nigeria with 45,244 confirmed cases and 930 deaths, while Ghana had 39,642 confirmed cases and 199 deaths.
It added that Seychelles, Eritrea and Mauritius were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.
The office said that Seychelles had 114 confirmed cases with zero death, Eritrea; 282 confirmed cases with zero death, Mauritius had 344 reported cases with 10 deaths.
It said there was increased in COVID-19 cases in the region from 13 per cent to 18 per cent increase during the previous reporting period.
“Since our last External Situation Report 22 issued on 29 July 2020, a total of 95,673 new confirmed COVID-19 cases (13 per cent increase) was reported from 44 countries between 28 July and 4 August 2020, compared to a 18 per cent increase recorded during the previous reporting period (22 – 28 July 2020).
“Of the 95, 673 reported new cases, the majority, 68 per cent (61, 557), were recorded in South Africa, which remains the hardest hit country across the continent and ranks fifth globally only after the United States of America (4, 629, 459), Brazil (2, 733, 677), India (1, 855, 745), and the Russian Federation (861, 423).
“Even with high case numbers in South Africa, the reported deaths remain relatively low.’’
“This is mainly attributed to the significant declines in the daily case counts being reported in South Africa for the past few days. Anecdotal reports also indicate that the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is slowing in South Africa.
“While these indicators are encouraging, the figures should be cautiously interpreted as they may be affected by many factors, including the current testing capacity and strategy,’’ it stated.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)