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Covid-19: death toll in Africa rises to 13,238 in almost 595,000 cases

The number of deaths in Africa due to covid-19 rose this Monday to 13,238, up 250 in the last 24 hours, in almost 595,000 cases, according to the latest data on the pandemic on the continent.

: Lusa

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), the number of infected has risen to 594,841, up 16,937 in the last 24 hours, while the number recovered is 297,480, up 10,469.

Southern Africa has the highest number of cases (285,940) and 4236 deaths, the vast majority concentrated in South Africa, the country with the most infected and dead throughout the continent, with 276,242 cases and this Monday passed the 4,000 dead (4079).

North Africa leads in the number of deaths (5345), with 124,349 infections.

West Africa has 1592 deaths out of 96,959 infected, East Africa has 1230 deaths and 47,023 cases, while Central Africa has 835 deaths and 40,570 infections.

After South Africa, Egypt is the second country with the most deaths, with 3858 deaths and 82,070 cases of infection this Monday, followed by Algeria with 1004 deaths and 18,712 infections.

Among the five countries most affected is also Nigeria, with 740 dead and 32,558 infected, and Sudan, with 650 deaths and 10,250 cases.

In relation to the Lusophone African countries, Guinea-Bissau has the highest number of infections and deaths, with 1842 cases and 26 deaths.

Cape Verde has 1698 infections and 19 deaths, while Mozambique has 1154 infections and nine deaths.

São Tomé e Príncipe has 726 cases and 14 deaths and Angola has 506 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 26 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.

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 566,000 lives and infected more than 12.79 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.

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