Africa recorded an additional 233 deaths associated with covid-19 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 112,471 since the start of the pandemic, and 8,019 new cases of infection, according to the most recent official data on the continent.
According to the African Union’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the total number of infected people in the 55 member states of the organization is 4,203,087 and that of recovered in the last 24 hours is 8,499, for one total of 3,762,968 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Southern Africa continues to be the most affected region, registering 1,906,807 infected, having passed today the 60 thousand deaths (60,002) associated with the contagion with the disease. In this region, South Africa, the country hardest hit by covid-19 on the continent, it recorded 1,546,735 cases and 52,788 deaths.
North Africa is the second most affected area by the pandemic, with 1,242,191 infected and 35,762 fatalities.
East Africa accounts for 495,496 infections and 8,937 deaths, while in West Africa the number of infections is 432,452 and that of deaths is 5,683. Central Africa has 126,141 cases and 2,087 deaths.
Egypt, which is the second African country with the most fatalities, after South Africa, registers 11,956 deaths and 201,432 infected, followed by Morocco, with 8,813 deaths and 495,421 cases.
Among the countries most affected are also Tunisia, with 8,778 deaths and 252,171 cases, Algeria, with 3,089 dead and 116,969 infected, and Ethiopia, with 2,841 fatalities and 204,521 infections.
In relation to Portuguese-speaking countries, Mozambique recorded 772 deaths and 67,466 cases, followed by Angola (536 deaths and 22,182 cases of infection), Cape Verde (168 deaths and 17,279 cases), Equatorial Guinea (102 deaths and 6,914 cases) , Guinea-Bissau (61 dead and 3,647 cases) and São Tomé and Príncipe (34 dead and 2,221 cases).
The first case of covid-19 in Africa it emerged in Egypt, on February 14, 2020, and Nigeria was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to register cases of infection, on February 28.
A pandemic covid-19 caused at least 2,792,586 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 127 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.