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Africa records 349 new COVID-19 related deaths

Number of COVID-19 cases top 2.3M, while recoveries reach over 1.9M, says health agency

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Public health officers at the grave of a coronavirus fatality at the Langata cemetery in Nairobi, Kenya, April 16, 2020. (AP/Patrick Ngugi)

At least 349 more people died of complications related to the novel coronavirus in the last one day in Africa, said the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in an update Friday.

The new fatalities pushed the death toll to 55,265. With 19,360 new cases in the past 24 hours, the number of cases on the continent reached over 2.3 million. More than 1.9 million patients have recuperated.

With 939,900 cases and 24,500 deaths, Southern Africa remains the most affected of the five geographical regions on the continent. But it also has the highest number of recoveries at 843,700.

North Africa recorded 658,700 cases, East Africa 218,300, West Africa 200,000, and Central Africa 61,500.

Johnny Mapesa

Written by Johnny Mapesa

Johnny Mapesa is an award-winning Kenyan journalist who is driven with passion and has worked for several media brands both locally and internationally and currently working with African Stand.

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