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Number of deaths in Africa rises to 2406 in almost 70,000 cases

The number of deaths of covid-19 in Africa rose this Wednesday to 2406, with almost 70,000 infected in 53 countries, according to the latest statistics on the pandemic in that continent.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), in the last 24 hours the number of deaths rose from 2336 to 2406, while those infected with covid-19 rose from 66,373 to 69,578.

The total number of patients recovered increased from 23,095 to 23,978.

North Africa remains the region most affected by the disease, with 1297 dead and 23,683 infected with covid-19.

In West Africa there are 428 deaths and more than 20,000 infections (20,603), while Southern Africa accounts for 225 deaths and records 12,259 cases, almost all concentrated in a single country, South Africa (11,350).

The pandemic affects 53 of Africa's 55 countries and territories, with six countries - South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Ghana - concentrating about half of new coronavirus infections and more than two-thirds of deaths associated with the disease.

Egypt is the country with the most deaths (544) and this Wednesday exceeded 10,000 cases (10,093), followed by Algeria, which has 515 deaths and 6067 infected.

South Africa has become the third country with the most deaths (206), remaining the country with the most cases of covid-19, with 11,350 infected.

Morocco has 188 fatalities and 6418 cases, Nigeria has 158 dead and 4787 cases, while Ghana has 22 dead, but surpassed this Wednesday the 5,000 cases (5127).

Only Lesotho and the Sahrawi Republic continue without notifying cases of covid-19.

Among the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the highest number of infections, with 820 cases, and has three deaths.

Cape Verde has 267 infections and two deaths and Sao Tome and Principe has 231 cases, having announced on Tuesday the seventh dead.

Mozambique has 104 infected patients and Angola has 45 confirmed cases of covid-19 and two deaths.

Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), has had 439 positive cases of infection and four deaths for over a week, according to Africa CDC.

On a global level, according to an assessment by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 290,000 deaths and infected more than 4.2 million people in 195 countries and territories.

More than 1.4 million patients have been considered cured.

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