Africa’s new cases of COVID-19 top 1 million

Africa’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 1 million, as the disease began to spread rapidly through a continent whose relative isolation has so far spared it the worst of the pandemic.

The continent recorded 1,003,056 cases, of which 21,983 have died and 676,395 recovered.

Low levels of testing in many countries mean Africa’s infection rates are likely to be higher than reported, experts said.