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Covid-19: Africa's death toll rises to 2912 in over 91,000 cases

The death toll from covid-19 in Africa rose to 2912 on Wednesday, with more than 91,000 infected in 54 countries, according to the latest statistics on the continent's pandemic.


According to the African Union's Disease Control and Prevention Center (Africa CDC), the death toll has risen from 2834 to 2912 in the past 24 hours, while those infected with the covid-19 virus have gone from 88,172 to 91,598.

The total number of recovered patients increased from 33,863 to 35,808.

North Africa remains the region most affected by the disease on the continent, with 1467 dead and 29,077 infected with the covid-19.

West Africa has 539 deaths and there are 25,592 infections, while Southern Africa has 331 deaths and 18,537 cases, almost all concentrated in a single country, South Africa (17,200).

Six countries - South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Ghana - concentrate about half of the infections by the new coronavirus in the continent and more than two thirds of the deaths associated with the disease.

Egypt is the country with the most deaths (659) and has 13,484 cases, followed by Algeria, with 561 dead and 7377 infected.

South Africa is the third with more deaths (312), continuing to be the country on the continent with the most cases of covid-19, with 17,200 infected.

Morocco totals 193 fatalities and 7023 cases, Nigeria has 192 deaths and 6401 cases, while Ghana has 31 deaths and 6096 cases.

Among the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Guinea-Bissau is the one with the most infections, with 1038 cases, and registers four deaths.

Cape Verde has 335 infections and three deaths and São Tomé and Príncipe has 251 cases and eight deaths.

Mozambique has 145 infected patients and Angola has 52 confirmed cases of covid-19 and three died.

Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), has 719 positive cases of infection and seven deaths, according to Africa CDC.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 320,000 deaths and infected almost 4.9 million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1.7 million patients were considered cured.

The first case of covid-19 in Africa emerged in Egypt on 14 February and Nigeria was the first in Sub-Saharan Africa on 28 February.

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