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Covid-19: death toll in Africa rises to 13,456 in almost 611,000 cases

The number of deaths in Africa due to covid-19 rose this Tuesday to 13,456, up 218 in the last 24 hours, in almost 611,000 cases, according to the latest data on the pandemic in the continent.

: Akintunde Akinleye
Akintunde Akinleye  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), the number of infected has risen to 610,807, up 15,966 in the last 24 hours, while the number recovered is this Tuesday of 305,861, up 8381.

Southern Africa has the highest number of cases (297,816) and 4332 deaths, the vast majority concentrated in South Africa, the country with the most infected and dead throughout the continent, with 287,796 cases and 4172 fatalities.

North Africa leads the way in the number of deaths (5438), with 126,312 infections.

West Africa accounts for 1599 deaths out of 98,353 infected, East Africa has 1251 deaths and 47,557 cases, while Central Africa has 836 deaths and 40,769 infections.

After South Africa, Egypt is the second country with the most deaths, accounting this Tuesday for 3935 deaths and 83,001 infections, followed by Algeria with 1011 deaths and 19,206 infections.

Among the five countries most affected is also Nigeria, with 744 dead and 33,153 infected, and Sudan, with 657 deaths and 10,316 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 1722 infections and 19 deaths, while Mozambique has 1219 infections and nine deaths.

São Tomé e Príncipe has 732 cases and 14 deaths and Angola has 525 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 over 569,000 lives and infected some 13 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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