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Covid-19: death toll in Africa rises to 2556 in over 75,000 cases

The number of deaths of covid-19 in Africa rose this Friday to 2556, with more than 75,000 infected in 54 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 2475 to 2556, while those infected with covid-19 rose from 72,336 to 75,447.

The total number of patients recovered increased from 25,268 to 27,227.

North Africa remains the region most affected by the disease, with 1340 dead and 24,990 infected with covid-19.

In West Africa there are 465 deaths and 22,204 infections, while Southern Africa accounts for 257 deaths and records 13,884 cases, almost all concentrated in a single country, South Africa (12,739).

Six countries - South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Ghana - account for 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 (571) and has 10,829 cases, followed by Algeria, which has 529 deaths and 6442 infected.

South Africa has become the third most dead (238) and remains the country with the most covid-19 cases, with 12,739 infected.

Morocco has 188 fatalities and 6607 cases, Nigeria has 167 deaths and 5162 cases, while Ghana has 24 deaths but is the fifth country with the most cases (5530).

On Wednesday, Lesotho announced the first infection with covid-19 and, thus, only the territory of the Sahrawi Republic, which is part of the African Union but is not recognised as a country by the United Nations, remains without reporting cases of the disease.

Among the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the highest number of infections, with 913 cases, and three deaths.

Cape Verde has 315 infections and two deaths and Sao Tome and Principe has 231 cases and seven deaths.

Mozambique has 115 infected patients and Angola has 48 confirmed cases of covid-19 and two deaths.

Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), has 522 positive cases of infection and six deaths, 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 302,000 deaths and infected almost 4.4 million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1.5 million patients have been considered cured.

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