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Covid-19: Africa registers 8,437,361 cases and 215,760 deaths since the start of the pandemic

The African continent has registered 8,437,361 cases of covid-19 infection since the start of the pandemic, 215,760 deaths associated with the disease and 7,811,400 people recovered from infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to official data.

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According to the African Union Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the southern African region is the most affected region on the continent, with 3,914,809 cases and 110,643 deaths associated with covid-19. In this region is the country most affected by the pandemic, South Africa, which accounts for 2,916,803 cases and 88,619 deaths.

North Africa, which succeeds Southern Africa in the covid-19 numbers, reached 2,567,041 infected and 69,311 deaths associated with the disease.

East Africa counts 1,040,030 infections and 22,390 deaths, and the West Africa region registers 657,704 cases of infection and 9836 deaths. Central Africa has the fewest cases of infection and deaths, 257,777 and 3,580 respectively.

Tunisia, the second African country with more fatalities after South Africa, registers 25,100 deaths and 710,953 infected, followed by Egypt, with 18,015 deaths and 319,339 cases of infection, and Morocco, which accounts for the second largest number of infections across the continent, 942,280 cases, but fewer deaths than the two previous countries, 14,561 deaths associated with the disease.

Among the countries most affected are Ethiopia, with 6,217 fatalities and 359,247 infections, Algeria, with 5,873 deaths and 205,364 infected people, and Kenya, with 5224 deaths associated with the disease and 252,066 infections.

In relation to Portuguese-speaking countries, Mozambique accounts for 1927 deaths associated with the disease and 151,112 infected people accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic, followed by Angola (1670 deaths and 63,012 cases), Cape Verde (347 deaths and 38,049 infections), Equatorial Guinea (161 deaths and 13,020 cases), Guinea-Bissau (141 dead and 6130 infected) and São Tomé and Príncipe (56 deaths and 3613 infections).