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COVID-19: Nigeria Edges Close to 8,000 as Africa’s Confirmed Cases Surpass 105,000

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•313 cases confirmed on sunday

•Africa’s death toll exceeds 3,000, says Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Jude Johnson

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Infections is edging close to 8,000 as the country recorded 313 new cases of Coronavirus Disease on Sunday.

This is coming as the African total cases have surpassed 105,000 Coronavirus Infections as at the weekend with more numbers expected to be released this Monday, May 25, 2020.

The latest data was revealed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on its Twitter handle on Sunday night.

Lagos State recorded 148 new cases, while the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja had 36 new infections.

Rivers, Edo, Kano, Ogun and Ebonyi States had 27, 19, 13, 12 and 11 cases respectively, while Nasarawa and Delta States recorded eight infections each.

For Oyo, Plateau, Kaduna and Kwara States, it was seven, six, five and four cases, with Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States reporting three each.

Niger and Anambra States had two and one respectively.

As at the close of testing on Sunday, the NCDC reported a total of 7,839 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria with 226 deaths, while 2,263 had been successfully treated and discharged.

Coronavirus cases in Africa over 105,000

Coronavirus cases in the African continent has surpassed 105, 000, according to the updated data at the weekend.

But the data released by Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday showed that the death toll has risen to over 3,183 after 101 more patients died of COVID-19-related complications across the continent in the last 24 hours.

The number of patients who have recovered has tallied at 41,473, according to the data.

North Africa suffered both the most cases and fatalities with 32,300 infections and 1,500 deaths.

West and Southern Africa regions each recorded 10,700 cases while death toll in West Africa was counted at 594 and 417 patients died in Southern Africa.

Recoveries in West Africa reached 27,800 while in Southern Africa it rose to 21,700.

East Africa suffered 11,400 cases and 303 deaths while Central Africa recorded 10,700 cases and 328 deaths.

South Africa reported 20,100 cases and 397 deaths, Egypt 15,800 cases and 707 deaths, Algeria 7,900 cases and 582 deaths, and Morocco 7,300 cases and 197 deaths.

In West Africa, 221 patients have died in Nigeria (Saturday’s figure), 62 in Mali, 60 in Niger, 52 in Burkina Faso, 38 in Sierra Leone, 33 in Senegal, 31 in Ghana, 29 in Ivory Coast, 24 in Liberia, and 19 in Guinea.

Sudan suffered the most deaths in East Africa with fatalities now tallying at 137, while in Somalia 61 people were reported dead due to coronavirus-related complications so far.

Cameroon in Central Africa have seen 159 deaths so far while the Democratic Republic of Congo suffered 63 deaths and Chad registered 59.

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