Nigeria on Thursday recorded 125 new coronavirus cases, which now brings the total confirmed infections to 54,588.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control – NCDC – made this known on its official twitter handle, said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate national response activities across the country.
The health agency reports that the number of persons who were treated and have recovered from the virus in the country is near 43,000.
The NCDC said that the number of deaths from the virus increased by 21, raising the figure to 1,048.
currently, 54, 588 cases have been confirmed. 42, 627 cases have been discharged and 1,048 deaths have been recorded in 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC disclosed that the new infections were recorded in 12 states and the FCT, with Lagos State having the highest number of infections at 42 cases, followed by FCT’s 25 cases.
Others are, Katsina (14), Kaduna (11), Kwara (8), Ondo (7), Delta (4), Anambra (3) Oyo (3), Edo (2), Ogun (2), Osun (2), and Cross River (1).
Meanwhile, the NCDC emphasises that physical distancing is an effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19.
It urges Nigerians to take responsibility by maintaining physical distance, wearing face mask, frequent washing of hands with soap under running water and coughing or sneezing into the elbow.
In Africa, over one million persons have recovered from the disease out of the 1,260,400 infected, according to the Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC).
A further peep into the data from the Africa CDC shows that 30,065 died due to complications from the pandemic.
Five countries, the Africa Union (AU) agency said, contribute to 70 per cent of the COVID-19 cases on the continent. They are South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Ethiopia.
South Africa with over 630,000 confirmed cases account for half of Africa’s infections from the pandemic, Africa CDC said.
On Wednesday, Egypt recorded the second-highest number of infections on the continent so far – 99,115 cases – with 5,440 deaths from the disease.
With over 54,000 cases, Nigeria has the third highest infection rates from COVID-19 with 1,027 deaths.
Southern Africa region remains the most infected and is trailed by northern Africa, and western Africa regions, according to the Africa CDC.
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