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Covid-19: Africa with 961 deaths and over 18,000 cases

The number of deaths caused by covid-19 in Africa has risen to 961 in the last few hours, with more than 18,000 cases recorded in 52 countries, according to the latest pandemic data update on the continent.


According to the African Union Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) newsletter, in the last 24 hours, the number of recorded deaths has risen from 910 to 961, while infections have increased from 17,247 to 18,333.

The number of patients recovered from infection rose from 3,546 to 4,352.

North Africa remains the region most affected by the disease with 8,101 cases, 713 deaths and 1,684 recovered patients.

In Southern Africa, there are 2,790 registered cases of the disease, which has already caused 59 deaths, with 955 patients recovering from the infection.

In West Africa, 4,108 infections, 104 deaths and 1,137 recovered patients have been reported.

The pandemic affects 52 out of 55 countries and territories in Africa, with five countries - South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Cameroon - concentrating more than half of the infections and deaths associated with the new coronavirus.

South Africa has the highest number of cases (2,605), with 48 deaths, but the highest number of deaths is in Algeria (348), with 2,268 infected.

Egypt has 2,673 infected and 196 dead, while Morocco has 2,283 cases and 130 fatalities.

Cameroon accounts for 17 deaths out of 855 infected.

Among Portuguese-speaking African countries, Cape Verde leads in number of infections, with 55 cases and one death.

Guinea-Bissau accounts for 50 people infected with the new coronavirus, although local authorities have reported 46 cases, and Mozambique has 31 reported cases of the disease.

Angola has 19 confirmed cases of covid-19 and two deaths, and Sao Tome and Principe, the last Portuguese-speaking African country to detect the disease in its territory, has four cases.

In Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), 51 positive cases of infection have been confirmed.

Globally, the covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 145,000 deaths and infected more than 2.1 million people in 193 countries and territories.

More than 465,000 patients have been considered cured.

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