According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC), the number of positive cases has risen to 746,492, an additional 10,000 in the last 24 hours, with 396,781 people recovered, plus 4883.
Southern Africa has the highest number of cases (396,609) and 5672 deaths, the vast majority concentrated in South Africa, the country with the most infected and dead throughout the continent, with 381,798 cases and 5368 fatalities.
North Africa is the region with the most deaths (6025), with 139,891 infections.
West Africa accounts for 1617 deaths and 110,994 cases, East Africa has 1425 deaths in 58,428 cases, while Central Africa has 861 deaths and 43,570 infections.
After South Africa, Egypt is the second country with the most deaths (4339) and 89,078 cases, followed by Algeria with 191 deaths and 23,671 infections.
Among the five most affected countries is also Nigeria, with 805 deaths and 37,081 positive cases, and Sudan, with 693 deaths and 10,992 infected (the latter without updating the last 24 hours).
In relation to Portuguese-speaking African countries and according to data from local authorities, Cape Verde has the highest number of infections (2107, of which 21 deaths), while Angola leads in terms of fatalities - 30 deaths among the 779 diagnosed cases.
Guinea-Bissau registers 1949 positive cases, which resulted in 26 deaths, while Mozambique accounts for 1536 cases and 11 fatalities.
Sao Tome and Principe has 746 cases of infection with the new coronavirus, which has caused 14 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, although the Equato-Guinean authorities report fewer positive cases (2350) and the same number of deaths.
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 report cases of infection on 28 February.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 606,000 lives and infected more than 14.5 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.