THE Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), yesterday night announced 624 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the West African nation to 41,804.
Eight deaths were recorded from the virus in the past 24 hours pushing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 868.
According to the NCDC, out of a total of 41,804 infected persons so far, 18,764 have recovered and have been discharged after treatment in the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The new cases, according to the NCDC were found in the following 18 states: “Lagos-212 Oyo-69 Niger-49 Kano-37 Osun-37 FCT-35 Plateau-34 Gombe-33 Edo-28 Enugu-28 Ebonyi-17 Delta-10 Katsina-9 Ogun-8 Rivers-7 Ondo-5 Kaduna-4 Nasarawa-2.'”
Lagos is still the state with the highest number of cases (14,848), about a third of the total.
It will be recalled that Nigeria is Africa’s third most impacted country behind South Africa and Egypt. The federal and state governments are working to increase testing as authorities say cases definitely far exceed the current tally.
Elsewhere in the world novel coronavirus has killed at least 654,477 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources.
At least 16,514,500 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 9,347,300 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 symptomatic or the most serious cases.
On Monday, 4,418 new deaths and 218,588 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 679 new deaths, followed by India with 654, and Brazil with 614.
The United States is the worst-hit country with 148,056 deaths from 4,294,770 cases. At least 1,325,804 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 87,618 deaths from 2,442,375 cases, the United Kingdom with 45,759 deaths from 300,111 cases, Mexico with 44,022 deaths from 395,489 cases, and Italy with 35,112 deaths from 246,286 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 85 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom (67), Spain 61, Italy 58, and Sweden 56.
China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 83,959 cases (68 new since Monday), including 4,634 deaths and 78,934 recoveries.
Europe overall has 208,412 deaths from 3,096,971 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 185,993 deaths from 4,445,706 infections, the United States and Canada 156,975 deaths from 4,408,681 cases, Asia 58,743 deaths from 2,576,309 cases, Middle East 25,983 deaths from 1,107,841 cases, Africa 18,173 deaths from 861,970 cases, and Oceania 198 deaths from 17,029 cases.