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Covid-19: Africa passes the 150,000 infected and there are 4344 dead

Africa has passed the barrier of 150,000 infected with covid-19 in the past 24 hours, 4344 of whom have died, plus 116 in 54 countries, according to the continent's most recent pandemic data.

: Lusa

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), the number of deaths rose from 4228 to 4344 (+116), while the number of infected rose from 147,099 to 152,442 (+5343).

The same data indicate that 63,661 patients recovered, 1853 more than the previous day.

The region of the continent most affected by the new coronavirus remains North Africa with 1950 deaths in 45,544 cases.

In the last 24 hours, Southern Africa has become the second region with the most cases (36,680) and with 730 deaths, most of which are concentrated in South Africa, the country with the highest number of cases on the continent (34,357) and the second with the most deaths (705).

This region has thus overtaken West Africa, with 731 deaths and 36,007 infections.

In East Africa there are 532 deaths and 17,697 cases, while in Central Africa there are 401 deaths in 16,514 cases.

Egypt is the country with the most deaths, with 1,000 deaths this Tuesday and 26,384 infections, followed by South Africa and then Algeria, with 661 deaths and 9513 infections.

Morocco has 205 deaths and 7819 cases, Nigeria has 299 deaths and 10,578 infections, while Ghana has 36 deaths and 8070 cases.

Among the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the highest number of infections, with 1339 cases and eight deaths.

Sao Tome and Principe has 484 cases and 12 deaths and Cape Verde has 458 infections and four deaths.

Mozambique has 254 infected patients and two deaths and Angola has 86 confirmed cases of covid-19 and four deaths.

Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), has had 1306 cases and 12 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 373,000 lives and infected more than 6.2 million people in 196 countries and territories.

Some 2.6 million patients have been considered cured.

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