Global death toll exceeds one million
NIGERIA confirmed 126 new cases of COVID-19, with the recovery inching close to 50,000 marks, standing precisely at 49,794 as at yesterday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its latest data on COVID-19, tweeted that the new cases were confirmed from eleven states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and takes the country’s infections to 58,324.
A look into the new figures for the virus shows that the FCT had the highest number of infected persons, tolling 30 and closely followed by Lagos State with 24 new cases. Rivers also reported 23 new infections, Ogun State, 13, Katsina , nine; Plateau nine; Ondo, six; Kaduna, four; Kwara, four; Imo, two; Bauchi, one and Edo, one.
Although the number of fresh cases has been on a decline in recent months in Nigeria, the coronavirus has claimed 1,108 lives so far in the West African nation.
As the country battles to contain the pandemic and reopen an economy it imposed a lockdown on at the onset of the disease, the fight against COVID-19 appears to be yielding results as 49,794 people who contracted the virus have been fully treated and discharged.
Meanwhile, more than one million people have died from the coronavirus, according to an AFP report, with no let-up in a pandemic that has ravaged the world economy, inflamed diplomatic tensions and upended lives from Indian slums and Brazilian jungles to America’s biggest city.
Report says, despite drastic controls that put more than four billion people (half of humanity ) under some form of lockdown by April with appreciable success of having slowed the spread, is now being threatened with resurgence of the pandemic.
As at 06:30 GMT today, the disease had claimed 1,001,093 victims from 33,112,474 recorded infections, according to an AFP tally collected from official sources by journalists stationed around the world, and compiled by a dedicated team of data specialists.
The United States has the highest death toll with more than 200,000 fatalities, followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and Britain.
For Italian truck driver Carlo Chiodi, those figures include both his parents, whom he lost within days of each other.
“What I have a hard time accepting is that I saw my father walking out of the house, getting into the ambulance, and all I could say to him was ‘goodbye’,” Chiodi, 50, told AFP. I regret not saying ‘I love you’ and I regret not hugging him. That still hurts me.”
With scientists still racing to develop a vaccine, governments have again been forced into an uneasy balancing act: trying to find rhythm between controlling the spread of the disease and saving economies and businesses from the harsh impacts.
The IMF earlier this year warned that the economic upheaval could cause severe crisis as the world’s GDP collapsed, though the Fund’s outlook appears brighter now than it did in June.
Europe, hit hard by the first wave, is now facing another surge in cases, with Paris, London and Madrid all forced to introduce controls to slow infections threatening to overload hospitals.
Masks and social distancing in shops, cafes and public transport are now part of everyday life in many cities around the world.
Mid-September saw a record rise in cases in most regions and the World Health Organisation has warned virus deaths could even double to two million without more global collective action.
Infections in India, home to 1.3 billion people, surged past six million on today, but authorities pressed ahead with a reopening of the battered South Asian economy.
According to an India student writer, Santosh, , “the virus was now part of our lives. You cannot shut down every business, because the economy cannot collapse… Covid-19 is not going to pay the rent.” Santosh said.