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Death toll in Africa rises to 12,443 in over 541,000 cases of covid-19

The death toll in Africa due to covid-19 rose this Friday to 12,443, an additional 237 in the last 24 hours, in about 541,000 cases, according to the most recent data on the continent's pandemic.


According to the African Union's Disease Control and Prevention Center (Africa CDC), the number of infected people has risen to 541,381, plus 19,277 in the last 24 hours, one of the highest figures since the start of the pandemic, while the number of recovered is 264,721, plus 10,360.

Southern Africa has the highest number of cases (246,881) and accounts for 3724 deaths, the vast majority concentrated in South Africa, the country with the most deaths and the most infected across the continent, with 238,339 cases, plus 13,674, representing 70 percent new infections in 24 hours in Africa, and 3720 fatalities.

North Africa leads in the number of deaths and has passed the 5,000 (5062), having 119,267 infections.

West Africa counts 1505 deaths out of 91,978 infected, East Africa has 1209 fatalities and 43,890 cases, while in Central Africa there are 816 deaths in 39,365 infections.

After South Africa, Egypt is the second country with the most fatalities, accounting for 3617 deaths in 79,254 cases of infection, followed by Algeria, with 978 fatalities and 17,348 infected.

Among the five most affected countries is Nigeria, with 689 dead and 30,748 infected, and Sudan, with 649 deaths and 10,204 cases.

Among the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the most infections and deaths, with 1790 cases and 25 fatalities.

Cape Verde has 1553 infections and 19 deaths, while Mozambique counts 1092 infected and nine killed.

São Tomé and Príncipe accounts for 726 cases and 14 deaths and Angola has 458 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 23 deaths.

Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), has had 3071 cases and 51 deaths for several days, according to Africa CDC.

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