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Covid-19: death toll in Africa rises to 3471 in over 115,000 cases

The number of deaths in Africa by covid-19 has increased to 3471 in the last 24 hours, plus 123 in more than 115,000 cases of infection in 54 countries, according to data on the pandemic in that continent.

: Lusa

According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), the number of deaths rose in the last 24 hours from 3348 to 3471 (+123), while cases of infection rose from 111,348 to 115,346 (+3998).

The total number of patients recovered increased from 44,630 to 46,426 (+1796).

North Africa is the region most affected by the disease on the continent, with 1649 dead and 35,365 infected with the new coronavirus.

West Africa registers 626 deaths and 29,720 infections, while Southern Africa accounts for 504 deaths and 25,285 cases, almost all in a single country, South Africa (23,615).

East Africa registers 349 deaths and 12,809 cases and Central Africa has 343 deaths in 12,167 cases.

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

Egypt is the country with the most deaths (783) and has 17,967 infections, followed by Algeria with 609 deaths and 8503 infected.

South Africa is the third with the highest number of deaths (481) and remains the country with the highest number of covid-19 cases (23,615).

Morocco has a total of 200 fatalities and 7532 cases, Nigeria has 233 deaths and 8068 cases, while Ghana has 32 deaths and 6808 cases.

Among the Lusophone African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the highest number of infections, with 1178 cases, and has seven deaths.

Cape Verde has 390 infections and three deaths and Sao Tome and Principe has 299 cases and 12 deaths.

Mozambique has 209 infected and one dead and Angola has 70 confirmed cases of covid-19 and four dead.

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

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

Globally, according to an AFP news agency assessment, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed over 344,000 lives and infected more than 5.4 million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 2.1 million patients have been considered cured.

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