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Coronavirus Cases in Africa Surpass 90,000 Mark as Nigeria’s Death Toll Hit 200

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•Over 2,900 deaths recorded so far in continent, says Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

•Nigeria reports 284 more COVID-19 cases with total infections at 6,677 on Wednesday

Jude Johnson

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has disclosed that close to 92, 000 people in Africa have contracted the novel coronavirus with the recently released update by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) placing the country as having the highest death toll in West Africa with 200 COVID-19 fatalities.

According to the Africa CDC data update on Wednesday, more than 2,900 people, half of whom in North Africa, have died of virus-related complications.

Recoveries across the continent tallied around 35,800 so far, it said.

North Africa recorded over 29,100 cases, West Africa more than 25,600, Southern Africa having over 18,500, East Africa more than 9,300 and Central Africa with over 9,100 cases respectively.

Some 1,500 deaths have been counted in North Africa, while the toll stands at 539 in West Africa, 331in Southern Africa, 298 in Central Africa and 277 in East Africa.

South Africa is the country with the highest number of cases in the continent with 17,200 while Egypt in North Africa recorded 13,500 cases. In terms of death toll, however, Egypt has 659 fatalities, by far higher than 312 in South Africa.

In West Africa, Nigeria suffered the most deaths with 200 fatalities as at the Wednesday’s latest figures released by NCDC.

Other countries in West Africa are: Niger recorded 55 deaths, Mali 53, Burkina Faso 52, Sierra Leone 33, Ghana 31, Senegal 30, Ivory Coast 28, Liberia 23, Guinea 18 and Togo 12, with the remaining four countries in the region having lost less than ten each to the virus.

In East Africa Sudan recorded the highest with 111 fatalities. Kenya suffered 59 deaths, Somalia 57, Tanzania 21, Mauritius 10.

Cameroon in Central Africa registered 140 deaths, Democratic Republic of Congo 61, Chad 56, Republic of the Congo 15, and Gabon 11 while the remaining suffered less than 10.

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In a related development, the coronavirus cases in Nigeria increased further on Wednesday with 284 cases reported by the country, despite efforts by authorities to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

The new cases, confirmed by specialist agency the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Twitter took the country’s total infections to 6,677 out of which 1,840 have been discharged with 200 losing their lives.

Data from the NCDC showed that the cases were spread across 12 states and the FCT with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 199 cases.

A further breakdown of the figures showed that Rivers had 26 new cases, Oyo 19 cases, the FCT and Borno eight each, Plateau seven, Jigawa six, Kano, five, Abia two, and the quartet of Ekiti, Delta, Kwara, and Taraba each recorded one case.

NCDC

@NCDCgov

284 new cases of #COVID19;

199-Lagos

26-Rivers

19-Oyo

8-FCT

8-Borno

7-Plateau

6-Jigawa

5-Kano

2-Abia

1-Ekiti

1-Delta

1-Kwara

1-Taraba

6677 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria

Discharged: 1840

Deaths: 200

Credits| AA, CTV


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