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Africa registers 1298 dead and 27,427 infected with covid-19

The death toll from covid-19 in Africa has risen to 1298 in the past few hours, with 27,427 reported cases of the disease in 52 countries, according to the latest statistics on the continent's pandemic.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), in the last 24 hours, the number of registered deaths has risen from 1242 to 1298, while infections have increased from 25,937 to 27,427.

The total number of recovered patients rose from 6534 to 7474, an increase greater than that recorded in the past few days.

North Africa remains the region most affected by the disease with 11,442 cases, 889 dead and 3029 recovered patients.

In West Africa, there are 6525 infections, 171 dead and 1948 recovered patients.

Southern Africa accounts for 89 deaths in 4234 cases of covid-19 and 1130 recovered patients.

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

Egypt registers 3891 infected and 287 dead, South Africa counts 3953 infected patients and 75 dead, while Morocco totals 3,568 cases and 155 fatalities and Cameroon counts 49 deaths out of 1401 infected.

The largest number of fatalities is recorded in Algeria, which accounts for 407 deaths in 3007 infected patients.

Among the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Cape Verde leads in number of infections, with 82 cases and one dead.

Guinea-Bissau counts 52 people infected with the new coronavirus and Mozambique has 46 declared cases of the disease.

Angola has 25 confirmed cases of covid-19 and two died and São Tomé and Príncipe, the last Portuguese-speaking African country to detect the disease in its territory, has three positive cases.

In Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), 84 positive cases of infection and one dead are confirmed, according to Africa CDC.

Globally, according to an AFP report, the covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 190,000 deaths and infected more than 2.6 million people in 193 countries and territories. More than 708,000 patients were considered cured.

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