BREAKING: Africa records 73 new COVID-19 deaths in one day lifting total toll to 487

Africa has recorded at least 73 new COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from the Africa Center for Disease Control (CDC). At least 64 of the new fatalities came from northern Africa and 9 elsewhere.

The number of people dead as of Tuesday morning jumped to 487, up from 414 on Monday morning while the number of infections increased by about 900 in one day, rising from 9,198 on Monday morning to 10,075.on Tuesday morning.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in 52 countries, up from 51 countries on Monday. The African Union recognizes 55 African countries, including Western Sahara, while the United Nations counts 54 African countries, excluding Western Sahara.

The number of people who have fully recovered on the continent went from 813 on Monday to 913 on Tuesday.

The data were collated by Africa CDC as of 9 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2020, East African Time.

Below are detailed data by region and country

Central (950 cases; 33 deaths; 34 recoveries):  Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (650; 9; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (49; 5; 2), DRC (180; 18; 9), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (30; 1; 1), Sao Tome & Principe (4; 0; 0)

Eastern (861; 18; 37): Djibouti (90; 0; 9), Eritrea (31; 0; 0), Ethiopia (44; 2; 4), Kenya (158; 6; 4), Madagascar (82; 0; 2), Mauritius (244; 7; 7), Rwanda (105; 0; 4), Seychelles (11; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), South Sudan (1; 0; 0), Sudan (12; 2; 3), Tanzania (24; 1; 3), Uganda (52; 0; 0)

Northern (4,485; 362; 437): Algeria (1,423; 173; 90), Egypt (1,322; 85; 259), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (1,120; 80; 81), Tunisia (596; 22; 5)

Southern (1,790; 17; 57): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (6; 1; 0), Eswatini (10; 0; 3), Malawi (5; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (16; 0; 3), South Africa (1,686; 12; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 5), Zimbabwe (10; 1; 0)

Western (1,992; 57; 348): Benin (26; 1; 5), Burkina Faso (364; 18; 108), Cape Verde (7; 1; 0), Côte d’Ivoire (323; 3; 41), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (287; 5; 3), Guinea (121; 0; 5), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (14; 3; 3), Mali (47; 5; 5), Niger (253; 10; 26), Nigeria (238; 5; 35), Senegal (226; 2; 92), Sierra Leone (6; 0; 0), Togo (58; 3; 23)

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