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Covid-19: death toll in Africa rises to 5175 in over 189,000 cases

The number of deaths in Africa due to covid-19 has risen in the last 24 hours to 5175, plus 134, in about 189,000 cases, in the 54 countries, according to pandemic data on the continent.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), the number of deaths rose from 5041 to 5175 (+134), while the number of infected rose from 183,474 to 189,434 (+5960).

The same figures indicate that the number of patients recovered is 82,888, 1521 more than the previous day.

The region of the continent most affected by the new coronavirus remains North Africa, with 2249 deaths in 54,683 cases.

Southern Africa is the second region with the most cases (51,012) and has spent the last 24 hours with 1,000 deaths (1023), most of them concentrated in South Africa, the country with the highest number of cases on the continent (48,285), and the second with the most deaths (998).

West Africa registers 828 deaths and 41,710 infections, East Africa has 639 deaths and 21,872 cases, while in Central Africa there are 436 deaths in more than 20,000 infected (20,157).

Egypt is the country with the most deaths (1237) in 34,079 infections, followed by South Africa and then Algeria, with 707 deaths and 10,154 infected.

Morocco has 208 fatalities and 8224 cases, Nigeria has 354 dead and 12,486 infected, while Ghana has 44 dead and 9638 cases.

Among the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the highest number of infections, with 1368 cases, registering 12 deaths.

Cape Verde has 554 infections and five deaths and Sao Tome and Principe has 513 cases and 12 deaths.

Mozambique has 424 infected patients and two deaths and Angola has 91 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.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed over 400,000 lives and infected more than 6.9 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected at the end of December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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