The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 212 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 64,728 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 60,790 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths now stands at 1,162.
Coronavirus cases have risen over the last few months in several regions of the world and infections worldwide have since exceeded 50 million.
As of Thursday, well over 50 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with more than 32.8 million of those listed as recovered, according to a coronavirus tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll now sands at more than 1.2 million, the U.S.-based university has said.
Africa has reportedly seen more than 1.8 million confirmed infections and more than 44,000 deaths.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), says nearly one in five COVID-19 deaths in Africa is linked with diabetes, according to a study.
WHO made this known in a statement issued on Thursday from its Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo.
According to the statement, WHO discovered that 18.3 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in the African region are among people with diabetes.
“They are among people with diabetes, one of the conditions that global studies have found to increase the risk of severe illness and death among patients infected with the virus,” WHO stated.
World Diabetes Day is marked on 14 Nov. every year.
Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, says the country needs to “double down” on public health measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing.
Speaking to Chatham House on Thursday, he warned that the cold weather makes for a “challenging and ominous situation”.
His comments come as the US is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, with more than 100,000 new cases per day for the past week.