The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,133 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 80,922 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 69,274 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,236.
As of Wednesday, more than 78.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 44.1 million of those cases considered recovered or resolved, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracking tool. The global death toll stood at more than 1.7 million.
In Africa, South Africa’s health minister says the country has seen more than 14,000 confirmed new coronavirus cases in the past day, with a positivity rate of 26 per cent, as overall cases edge toward 1 million.
According to a CBC update, Heath Minister Zwelini Mkhize says the “alarming rate of spread” of infections is much faster than during the first wave in midyear. His daily report doesn’t say how many of the new infections are attributed to the new variant of the virus in South Africa.
The country has more than 950,000 confirmed cases, including more than 25,000 deaths. More than 400 people have died in the past day.
In the Americas, Peru has passed one million confirmed cases of coronavirus infection. It is the fifth nation in Latin America to report that number as the region struggles with the pandemic’s economic and health effects.
Peru’s government was quick to declare lockdown measures for its 32 million people last March as the pandemic spread in Europe. But in spite of closing its airports for almost six months and ordering most of its residents to stay at home, it has struggled to contain the virus. Officials said they had recorded 1,000,153 cases as of Tuesday evening.
More than 37,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Peru. That gives the Andean nation the world’s second-highest per-capita death toll from the pandemic, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
In Europe, Italy recorded another 14,522 new positive coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the last day before more severe restrictions take effect for the Christmas holidays.
Despite measures that have been in place since late October, Italy has yet to successfully flatten the curve of the fall resurgence.