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NCDC Reports 160 New COVID-19 Infections In Nigeria1 minute read

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Nigeria has recorded 160 new COVID-19 infections, bring total cases in the West African nation to 59,287.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Saturday.

According to the NCDC, the country has conducted about 532,765 tests since the first confirmed case relating to the coronavirus pandemic was announced.

The agency noted that the number of deaths increased by one and 125 patients were discharged after they were successfully treated in the past 24 hours.

The new infections were reported in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 59,287, discharged cases to 50,718, and recorded deaths to 1,113.

NCDC said that based on reported cases from the states, Rivers had the highest number, followed by Lagos.

“Rivers, with 42 new cases, recorded the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases followed by Lagos, which recorded 32 cases. Plateau confirmed 21 cases and FCT reported 18 cases.

“Other states with new infections are: Kaduna – 14, Ogun – 11, Katsina – 10, Kwara – 3, Ondo – 3, Imo – 3, Anambra – 1, Abia – 1, and Oyo – 1,” the NCDC said.

According to the agency, a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate national response activities across the country,

“To date, 59,287 cases have been confirmed, 50,718 cases discharged and 1,113 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” the NCDC said.

Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has topped 1,497, 391.

The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention – Africa-CDC – disclosed in a statement on Saturday that reported deaths owing to COVID-19 in Africa has reached 36,504.

The continental agency added that the number of recoveries from the virus across the continent has reached 1,236,859 so far.

It identified South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria as countries most affected by the virus in Africa.

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South Africa’s Health Minister Contracts COVID-19

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South Africa’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement from his office late on Sunday said the minister has gone into isolation.

“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.

The health minister was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa’s worst affected country hit the 700, 00 mark on Friday since the first case was diagnosed in March this year.

According to the latest government data on Monday, South Africa has registered a total of 703,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,471 deaths.

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Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 1.63m

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,636,748 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of African Union Commission, said in a statement that the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic reached 39,559 as of Sunday afternoon.

According to the Africa CDC, the number of people that have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,347,199.

The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.

According to the Africa CDC, the Northern Africa region is the second most affected African region.

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South Africa Records 2,019 New COVID-19 Cases, 61 Deaths

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South Africa recorded 2,019 new coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, the country’s minister of health has announced.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize also announced 61 more Covid-19 related deaths, adding that nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.

The recent deaths bring the number of deceased due to the virus to 18,370 and infections to over 700,203.

The number of recoveries in the country stands at 629,260 which accounts for nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.

South Africa has 11th most Covid-19 infections in the world, with the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and France having the most cases in the world.

The USA has over 8 million cases, the most in the world.

In South Africa, new infections are slowing in the country, but Mkhize has again warned about the dangers of a second wave on Monday and urged people to continue social distancing and wearing masks.

He said on Monday that the second wave would arrive if people were complacent and did not wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Department of Health said it had now tested over 4.4 million people in the private and public sector, with almost 24 000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

South Africa’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 18 370.

The Gauteng province has the most deaths, with 4601, followed by the Western Cape, with 4280, Eastern Cape with 3411 and KZN, with 3122, have the most fatalities in the country.

Of the latest 61 deaths, Mkhize said the majority of the deceased came from the Free State.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” said Mkhize.

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