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Covid-19: Africa with 16,525 new cases and 328 deaths

Africa on Friday recorded 328 more deaths and 16,525 new cases of covid-19, according to the latest official data on the continent, which is approaching 4.5 million cases since the pandemic began.

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According to the African Union Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the cumulative number of covid-19 cases in the organization's 55 member states this Friday is 4,317,900, from which 114,926 deaths have resulted.

The number of those recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours was 11,386, for a total of 3,879,505 since the pandemic began.

Southern Africa remains the worst affected region, recording this Friday 1,921,769 infected and 60,549 deaths associated with being infected with the disease. Within this region, South Africa, the country worst hit by covid-19 on the continent, records 1,554,975 cases and 53,173 deaths.

North Africa is the second hardest hit area, with 1,277,760 infected and 36,720 deaths.

East Africa counts 534,263 infections and 9554 deaths, while in West Africa the number of infections is 441,142 and the number of deaths 5793. Central Africa counts 142,966 cases of infection and 2310 deaths.

Egypt, which is the second African country with the most deaths after South Africa, records 12,323 deaths and 208,082 infected, followed by Tunisia with 9136 deaths and 266,827 cases of infection. Morocco records 500,223 cases of infection and 8873 deaths associated with covid-19.

Also among the most affected countries are Algeria, with 3119 deaths and 118,024 infected, and Ethiopia, with 3078 deaths and 223,665 infections.

Regarding the Portuguese-speaking countries, Mozambique records 788 deaths and 68,466 cases, followed by Angola (549 deaths and 23,108 cases of infection), Cape Verde (176 deaths and 18,422 cases), Equatorial Guinea (104 deaths and 7059 cases), Guinea-Bissau (66 deaths and 3664 cases) and São Tomé and Príncipe (35 deaths and 2255 cases).

The first case of covid-19 in Africa appeared in Egypt on February 14, 2020, and Nigeria was the first sub-Saharan African country to record cases of infection on February 28.

The covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 2,890,054 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 133 million cases of infection, according to an assessment by the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.