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Covid-19: Africa has more than 216,000 cases and 5756 deaths

The African continent registers more than 216,000 cases of covid-19 this Friday, with 5756 deaths, 78 more than on Thursday, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC).


The latest pandemic data on the continent indicate that the number of infected has increased from 209,438 to 216,446, or another 7008 people with the new coronavirus.

The number of patients recovered is now 97,068, 1795 more than the 95,273 registered on Thursday.

The region of the continent most affected by the new coronavirus remains North Africa, with 2454 deaths in 61,615 cases.

The number of cases in southern Africa has increased more than the average for the continent, but the region remains the second with the most cases (61,772) and 1239 deaths, the majority concentrated in South Africa, the country with the highest number of cases on the continent: 58,568 infected and 1210 dead, the same number as on Thursday.

West Africa registers 887 deaths and 46,433 infections, East Africa has 719 deaths and 24,418 cases, while in Central Africa there are 457 deaths from 22,208 infections.

Egypt is the country with the most deaths (1377) in 39,726 infections, followed by South Africa and then Algeria, with 741 deaths and 10,589 infections.

Among the Lusophone African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the highest number of infections, with 1389 cases, recording 12 deaths.

Cape Verde has 657 infections and six deaths and São Tomé e Príncipe has 632 cases and 12 deaths, according to local authorities.

Mozambique has 489 infected patients and two deaths and Angola has 118 confirmed cases of covid-19 and five 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 country in sub-Saharan Africa to register cases of infection on 28 February.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 418,000 lives and infected more than 7.4 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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