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Nigeria Records Four COVID-19 Deaths, 79 New Infections2 minutes read

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Nigeria’s health agency says it recorded four new coronavirus-related deaths and 79 new infections in the last 24 hours.

The National Centre for Disease Control, in its report on Sunday, said 64 patients recovered from the virus in the period.

The 79 new infections represent the lowest figure in several months in the country.

The health agency said that the 79 new infections bring the nation’s confirmed cases to 56,256

According to it, there were four COVID-19-related fatalities in Nigeria in the last 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 1,082.

The NCDC, in its report, said that the 79 cases were reported from 13 states with Lagos posting the highest figure of 30 cases, Kaduna, 17, Ogun, seven, while Anambra reported five cases.

Other states with new cases include Kano with four, while Katsina, FCT and Akwa Ibom had three cases each.

Oyo and Rivers recorded two cases each, while Delta, Plateau and Ondo recorded one case each.

Meanwhile, the agency has said that 440,248 persons have been tested nationwide, since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced February 26, 2020.

According to it, till date, a total of 56,256 cases have been confirmed, 44,152 cases discharged, with 1,082 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The health agency said that a multi-sectoral National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

It particularly noted, however, that the reopening of the society did not mean that the virus was no longer with us.

“It means people have to learn to continue with their lives safely. It will require sacrifice in some areas,” the agency said.

The NCDC said that Nigerians must do what was expected of them so as to avoid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“We need to keep observing all the preventive measures put out by the agency to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We need to be mindful of those around us. Ensure you wear a mask when you are in public to protect yourself and others.

“We need to work as a team to prevent and detect COVID-19.

“We work hard to keep our country safe but enforcement is not part of our responsibility,” it pointed out.

According to the agency, COVID19 is not over.

“When it is over, the Minister of Health will make the announcement. We need to keep doing the right things and encourage others to do same.”

It said that the guidelines for the third phase of the eased lockdown had been updated by the Presidential Tasks force on COVID-19.

“Let’s continue to adhere to these guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” the agency stated.

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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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