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Covid-19: death toll in Africa rises to 10,658 from 433,500 infected

The number of deaths due to covid-19 in Africa rose this Friday to 10,658 and there are 433,500 infected, according to the latest figures on the pandemic on the continent.

: Ahmed Jallanzo/Epa
Ahmed Jallanzo/Epa  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), the number of recovered is 208,400.

Southern Africa has the highest number of cases (174,327) and accounts for 2932 deaths, the vast majority concentrated in South Africa, the country with the most infected throughout the continent (168,061) and with 2844 fatalities.

North Africa leads the way in the number of deaths (4481), with 105,583 infections.

West Africa accounts for 1366 deaths out of 79,274 infections, East Africa has 1105 deaths out of 37,972 cases, while Central Africa has 774 deaths out of 36,444 infections.

Egypt, the African country with the most deaths, this Friday has 3120 deaths and 71,299 cases of infection, followed by South Africa and then Algeria, with 928 deaths and 14,657 infected.

Among the five countries most affected is also Nigeria, with 616 dead and 27,110 infected, and Sudan, with 602 deaths, despite having a lower number of infections (9573).

As for the Lusophone African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the highest number of infections and deaths, with 1654 cases and 24 deaths.

Cape Verde has 1301 infections and 15 deaths, while Mozambique has 918 infected patients and six deaths.

São Tomé e Príncipe has 717 cases and 13 deaths and Angola has 315 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 17 deaths.

Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), has 3071 cases and 51 deaths, 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 517,000 lives and infected more than 10.76 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by 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.