… Nigeria’s toll now 2,950 with 148 new cases
… Over 20 health workers test positive in Kano
RUSSIA recorded more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases for the fourth day in a row todayy, surpassing Germany to become the country with the sixth-highest number of confirmed infections.
Russia has emerged as a new hotspot for the virus and in recent days has been recording the highest number of new infections in Europe.
Health officials say 10,559 new cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 165,929 with 1,537 deaths.
The number of infections in Russia has been rising by more than 10,000 a day since Sunday in contrast to countries in western Europe who are taking steps to ease lockdown measures after their rates of new cases and deaths dropped.
A non-working quarantine period is in place in Russia until May 11 and authorities have said it will be lifted or extended depending on the extent of outbreaks in different regions.
President Vladimir Putin will chair a government meeting to discuss gradual withdrawal from virus lockdown later today.
But Moscow that emerged as the epicentre of the pandemic in Russia, has recorded 85,973 cases and 866 deaths, though its official fatality rate remained low in comparison to countries including Italy, Spain and the United States.
Similarly, Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 148 new COVID-19 cases in the country, taking Nigeria’s total cases to 2,950.
Of the new cases, 43 are in Lagos, 32 are in Kano, while 14 are in Zamfara.
Ten are in the FCT, nine in Katsina, seven in Taraba, six in Borno and Ogun, five in Oyo, three in Edo, Kaduna and Bauchi, two in Adamawa and Gombe, and one each in Plateau, Sokoto and Kebbi.
The post also shows that 98 deaths were recorded while 481 patients have been discharged while 2,371 remain active in the country from 19,512 samples that were tested.
It will be recalled that novel coronavirus has killed at least 254,532 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to official sources.
More than 3,629,160 cases were registered in 195 countries and territories.
Of these, at least 1,124,600 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.
Over the past 24 hours, 5.163 new deaths have been recorded and 75.475 new infections around the world.
Also, over 20 health workers have tested positive to coronavirus in Kano State.
According to Chairman of Association of Resident Doctors at Aminu Kanu Teaching Hospital, Abubakar Nagoma, 12 health workers at the hospital, including doctors, nurses and lab scientists tested positive for the COVID-19.
At National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, 15 workers were reported to have tested positive after treating a patient who had the virus.
Chairman of the hospital’s branch of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Aliyu Kabara, confirmed this to newsmen.
According to him, the 15 infected health personnel include three consultant doctors, nine resident doctors and three nurses that treated asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, who came to the hospital for orthopaedic treatment.
“We were the first hospital in Kano to record infected COVID-19 doctors. During the first screening, 15 persons out of 25 samples were found to be positive for COVID-19. All the infected doctors are now in self-isolation in their respective homes, pending the availability of beds in state isolation centres because presently there is a shortage of beds space in state isolation centres,” he said.