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‘Covid-19 Cases in Africa Now Over 115,000’ WHO Reports

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa as at Tuesday, had risen to over 115, 000.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO.

“There are over 115,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 46,000 recoveries and 3,400 deaths,” it said.

The figures showed that South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria had the highest reported cases in Africa.

According to the report, South Africa had 23,615 cases and 418 deaths followed by Algeria with 8,503 cases and 609 deaths. Nigeria had 8,068 confirmed cases and 233 deaths.

It stated that Ghana had 6,808 reported cases and 32 deaths. Cameroon recorded 4, 890 confirmed cases and 165 deaths.

The report said Lesotho, Seychelles and Namibia were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.

It said Lesotho had only two confirmed cases with zero death; Seychelles had 11 reported cases and zero death. Namibia recorded 21 confirmed cases with no death.

Meanwhile, as at May 25, the novel coronavirus had infected more than 5.4 million people and killed over 344,000 worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.

But, World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has paid tribute to African leaders for the progress they have made in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Moeti gave the tribute yesterday on the official twitter account of the WHO Regional Office for Africa @WHOAFRO.
The regional director also commended Africans for their patience and support in the fight against the pandemic.

“So again, a shout out to African people, I thank them so much for the courage that they have shown, the forbearance under sometimes difficult circumstances.
“We are committed to continue in this fight with them.

“I would like to pay special tribute to African communities. It was said by the WHO Director General, Dr Tedro that our leaders have put in place some measures to control the pandemic.

“We have seen African countries take very tough decisions to put in place some of the control measures.

“I am very pleased to have joined this celebration of Africa Day yesterday, and especially pleased to have been in the company of special envoys on COVID-19 in Africa,” she said.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25, 1963.

Covid-19 Update: NCDC Confirms New 5 Deaths, 313 Cases

Nigeria on Sunday confirmed 313 new cases of COVID-19; taking the country’s total to 7,839.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, also noted that five deaths were recorded on Sunday.

148 new cases were recorded in Lagos; 36 in FCT (Abuja); 27 in Rivers; 19 in Edo; 13 in Kano; 12 in Ogun and 11 in Ebonyi.

Eight cases each were confirmed in Nasarawa and Delta; 7 in Oyo; 6 in Plateau, 5 in Kaduna, 4 in Kwara; 3 each in Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa; 2 in Niger and one in Anambra.

“Till date, 7839 cases have been confirmed, 2263 cases have been discharged and 226 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” the NCDC posted on Sunday night.

Covid-19: China Reports Zero New Cases for the First Time Since January

China on Saturday reported zero new coronavirus infections for the first time since it started reporting data in January , a day after Communist Party leaders celebrated “ major achievements” in the virus fight .

The virus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year , but cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak in mid- February as the country appears to have brought the virus largely under control .

The official death toll in the country of 1 . 4 billion people stands at 4 , 634 , well below the number of fatalities in much smaller countries .

However , doubt has been cast on the reliability of China ’ s numbers and the United States has led the charge in questioning how much information Beijing has shared with the international community.

The milestone comes a day after the opening of China ’ s rubber – stamp parliament , the National People’ s Congress , where Premier Li Keqiang said the country had “ made major strategic achievements in our response to COVID- 19 . ”

However , he warned that the country still faced “ immense ” challenges.

Authorities in Wuhan have come under fire for reprimanding and silencing doctors who first raised the alarm about the virus late last year , and repeated changes to counting methodology have cast further doubt over China ’ s official data.

Beijing has strenuously denied accusations of a cover up , insisting it has always shared information with the World Health Organisation (WHO ) and other countries in a timely manner.

Since first emerging in Wuhan the virus has spread across the world , claiming more than 335 , 000 lives globally

Covid-19 Update: Total Jump 7,526 As NCDC Reports More 265 Cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its latest report on the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria has confirmed 7,526 cases as at May 23rd.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa has conducted about 43,000 tests for the virus. Of the total confirmed cases,

NCDC noted 2,174 patients were lucky to recover from the infection and unfortunately, 221 people lost their lives to the virus.

Lagos State, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria recorded 133 new cases while Oyo recorded 32.

Other states with new cases along with Lagos and Oyo, that totalled 265 (total newly confirmed cases) include: 28-Edo; 23-Ogun; 22-FCT; 6-Plateau; 5-Kaduna; 3-Borno; 3-Niger; 2-Kwara; 2-Bauchi; 2-Anambra; 2-Enugu.

Covid-19 Update: 245 New Cases Recorded, Total Now 7,261

Nigeria has recorded 245 new cases of coronavirus , bringing the total number of infections in the country to 7 , 261.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known on Friday.
It added that 10 more patients died of coronavirus – related complications in the country.

NCDC said , “ On the 22 nd of May 2020 , 245 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths were recorded in Nigeria .

“ No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours .

“ Till date , 7 , 261 cases have been confirmed , 2 , 007 cases have been discharged and 221 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“ The 245 new cases are reported from 22 states – Lagos ( 131 ), Jigawa (16 ) , Ogun ( 13 ) , Borno ( 12 ) , Kaduna (9 ) , Oyo ( 9 ), Rivers (9 ) , Ebonyi (9 ) , Kano ( 8 ), Kwara ( 7 ), Katsina (5 ) , Akwa Ibom ( 3 ), Sokoto ( 3 ), Bauchi ( 2 ), Yobe (2 ) , Anambra (1 ) , Gombe ( 1 ) , Niger (1 ) , Ondo ( 1 ), Plateau ( 1 ), FCT(1 ) , Bayelsa( 1 ). ”

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