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Africa Registers Over 5,500 COVID-19 Cases as Nigeria’s Death Toll Nears 300

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•Total number of cases reaches 147,099, death toll rises to 4,228, says Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

•Nigeria’s total number of cases on Monday rose to 10, 578 with 416 new cases

At least 5,564 more people in Africa tested positive for the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, said the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in its Monday update.

The total number of cases in the continent reached 147,099, it said.

According to the update, 165 more patients have died in a day, taking the death toll to 4,228.

It said the total number of recoveries climbed to 61,808, as 2,596 patients recovered over the past 24 hours.

North Africa recorded a total of 43,900 cases, West Africa 35,100, Southern Africa 34,900, East Africa 17,000 and Central Africa 16,100.

In terms of death toll, North Africa saw 1,900 fatalities, West Africa 717, Southern Africa 707, East Africa 513 and Central Africa 398.

The worst-hit country in terms of number of infections is South Africa recording 32,700 cases, while Egypt follows with 25,000. But in terms of deaths, Egypt recorded 959, while South Africa registered 683 fatalities.

In West Africa, Nigeria registered 287 deaths rising to 299 at the end of Monday as confirmed by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control. Others are: Mali with over 77, Niger 64, Burkina Faso 53, Sierra Leone 46, Senegal 42, Ghana 36, Cote d’Ivoire 33, Liberia 27, Guinea 23, and Togo 13.

Sudan in East Africa recorded 286 fatalities, Somalia 78, Kenya 64, Djibouti 24, Tanzania 21, Ethiopia 11 and South Sudan and Mauritius ten each.

In Central Africa, Cameroon saw 197 deaths, DRC 72, Chad 65, and Republic of the Congo 20, Gabon 17, Equatorial Guinea 12, and also Sao Tome and Principe 12.

Since the virus emerged last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, it has spread to at least 188 countries and regions.

According to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University, there are currently more than 6.17 million confirmed cases worldwide and over 372,100 deaths, while more than 2.64 million people have recovered.

Nigeria Coronavirus cases, deaths on the rise despite ease of lockdown

Infograph showing cases of coronavirus in Nigeria as at 1st June, 2020
Infograph showing cases of coronavirus in Nigeria as at 1st June, 2020 by Premium Times

Nigeria’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday rose to 10, 578 as 416 new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Twelve deaths were recorded from the virus on Monday bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 299.

In the last one week there has been a steady rise in the number of confirmed cases and deaths reported from the virus in the country.

Lagos recorded the highest figure of cases reported with 192 infections. The state remains the epicentre for the disease.

There was an increase in the number of infections reported on Monday (416) compared to the number reported on Sunday (307).

The agency in a tweet late Monday night said the 416 new cases were reported in 20 states. These are The 416 new cases are reported from 20 states – Lagos, Edo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Borno, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) , Oyo, Katsina, Abia, Delta, Adamawa, Kano, Imo, Ondo, Benue, Bauchi, Ogun and Niger.

“Till date, 10578 cases have been confirmed, 3122 cases have been discharged and 299 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The 416 new cases are reported from 20 states – Lagos – 192, Edo – 41, Rivers – 33, Kaduna – 30, Kwara – 23, Nasarawa – 18, Borno – 17, FCT – 14, Oyo – 10, Katsina – 7, Abia – 5, Delta – 5, Adamawa – 4, Kano – 4, Imo – 3, Ondo – 3,, Benue – 2, Bauchi – 2, Ogun 2 and Niger – 1.

Breakdown

Since the beginning of the outbreak in Nigeria in February, 63,882 samples have been tested by NCDC.

Out of the 10,578 positive cases, there are 7, 157 active COVID-19 cases in the country, 3, 122 people have recovered, while 299 deaths have been recorded.

A breakdown of the 10,578 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 5, 135 cases, followed by Kano – 958, FCT – 674, Katsina – 371, Edo – 325, Oyo – 302, Kaduna – 288, Borno – 288, Ogun – 280, Jigawa – 270,, Bauchi – 240, Rivers – 239, Gombe – 161, Sokoto – 116, Kwara – 111, Plateau – 105, Delta – 88,, Nasarawa – 80, Zamfara – 76, Yobe – 52, Akwa Ibom – 45, Osun – 45, Adamawa – 42, Ebonyi – 40, Imo – 39, Niger – 33, Kebbi – 33, Ondo – 28, Bayelsa – 21, Ekiti – 20, Enugu – 18 Taraba – 18, Abia–15, Anambra – 1, Benue – 9 and Kogi – 2.

Despite the increasing figures, many Nigerians believe that Nigeria is not testing enough and the figures might not reflect the true situation in the country.

Meanwhile, the federal government on Monday eased the lockdown that has been in place for weeks.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, said the government has reduced the nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am.

Credits| PT, AA


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