Africa’s COVID-19 cases now over 115,000 as Nigeria’s toll rises to 8,344

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WORLD Health Organisation yesterday reported that confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa have risen to over 115, 000.

The report came same time Nigeria’s total toll of COVID-19 infections shot up to 8344 after the country recorded new 276 cases.

WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO.

“There are over 115,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 46,000 recoveries and 3,400 deaths,” it said.

The figures showed that South Africa, Algeria, and Nigeria have the highest reported cases in Africa.

According to the report, South Africa has 23,615 cases and 418 deaths followed by Algeria with 8,503 cases and 609 deaths.

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It stated that Ghana has 6,808 reported cases and 32 deaths, while Cameroon recorded 4, 890 confirmed cases, and 165 deaths.

The report said Lesotho, Seychelles, and Namibia were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.

It said Lesotho had only two confirmed cases with zero death; Seychelles had 11 reported cases and zero death, while Namibia recorded 21 confirmed cases with no death.

Meanwhile, as of May 25, the coronavirus had infected more than 5.4 million people and killed over 344,000 worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.

Similarly, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) gave a breakdown of the latest test  results in its Twitter.

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According to the post, Lagos reported 161 of the new cases while Rivers got 36, Edo had 27, Kaduna with 19, Nasarawa with 10, and Oyo with six.

There were also four new cases found in Kano, three each in Delta and Ebonyi, two in Gombe and one each in Ogun, Ondo, Borno, Abia, and Bauchi.

The number of discharged cases rose from 2,311 on Monday to 2,385. However, 16 more deaths were recorded, taking the nation’s toll to 249.

 The novel coronavirus has killed at least 347,723 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Tuesday.

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At least 5,541,590 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 2,191,200 are now considered recovered.

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