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Covid-19: Africa with 871,970 infections and 18,475 dead

Africa accounts for 871,970 cases of covid-19, which caused 18,475 deaths, with 523,684 recovered, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the African Union (Africa CDC).


These data indicate that in the last 24 hours, the region has recorded a further 315 deaths, 32,733 infected and 17,150 recovered.

The highest number of cases and deaths of covid-19 continues to occur in southern Africa: 479,603 infected and 7661 dead. A total of 295,028 people are recovered.

In this region, South Africa alone accounts for 459,761 infected and 7257 dead.

North Africa now has 152,849 infected, with 6454 dead, and in West Africa cases have risen to 123,093, with 1871 dead.

In East Africa there are 70,614 infected and 1593 dead, and in Central Africa the infected reached 45,811 with 896 dead.

Egypt is the second country with more deaths, after South Africa, with 92,947 cases and 4691 deaths, followed by Algeria with 28,008 infected and 1165 dead.

Among the five countries most affected is also Nigeria, with 41,804 infected and 868 dead, and Sudan: 11,496 infected and 720 dead.

In relation to Portuguese-speaking African countries and according to local authorities, Cape Verde has the highest number of infections, with 2354 infected and 22 dead, while Angola leads the way in terms of fatalities, with 47 deaths and 1000 cases.

Guinea-Bissau registers 1981 positive cases, which resulted in 26 deaths, while Mozambique counts 1720 infected and 11 deaths.

Sao Tome and Principe has 749 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 weeks, 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 emerged 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 645,000 lives and infected more than 16 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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